You’ve Decided to Conduct a Trade Secret Audit. Now What? Part 2

You’ve Decided to Conduct a Trade Secret Audit. Now What? Part 2 by David L. Cohen{5:35 minutes to read}  We all know what a ‘trade secret’ is, but legally speaking let’s be clear. And how about a ‘trade secret audit’? It’s probably safe to say it’s a review of all policies, procedures, and agreements in place surrounding a company’s trade secrets, to ensure they are in accordance with current best practices, in order to legally protect company intellectual property (IP) and assets.

There are five key areas of focus that a company performing a trade-secret audit must consider as they navigate this crucial undertaking. The following article outlines the five areas in full detail. Read more

Secrets to Using Intellectual Property to Increase Startup Value

This article by David L. Cohen, Ivan Chaperot, and Frederic Thiel was originally published by Bloomberg Law. Copyright 2018 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

Secrets to Using Intellectual Property to Increase Startup Value

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You’ve Decided to Conduct a Trade Secret Audit. Now What?

You’ve Decided to Conduct a Trade Secret Audit. Now What? by David L. Cohen{3:10 minutes to read} You decided you need to conduct a trade secret audit. What should you do next?

After getting management buy-in, the most important step is to decide what you hope to achieve with the audit. Broadly speaking, there are five headline goals: Awareness, Agreements, Employees, Tools, and Monetization.

Below are some of the key aspects of the 5 headlines. Read more

Designing and Deploying a Trade Secret Service

David L. Cohen, P.C. is proud to announce its partnering with Chawton Innovation Services to offer trade secret services to both companies and law firms.  For law firms we have jointly developed a white paper on how to design and deploy a trade secret service

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Banana Republic?

A nice summary of the pro-patentee side of the argument.   Michael Shore makes many valid points even if the argument is a bit overwrought.   I believe the weakness of the current patent system is a necessary but by no means sufficient part of the explanation for the economic challenges we are currently facing vis-a-vis big tech.   A large part of the answer has to do with the insular culture created in Silicon valley which disdains or ignores those outside the bubble; the disregard of real engineering in favor of “Software engineering” – i.e., engineering without a public interest concern for safety and consequences; the fetishization of disruption for its own sake; and the absolute triumph of the Chicago school’s approach to anti-trust.  Putting the economy and political economy’s problems on the changes in the patent system alone is not really fair.

As the Autonomous Vehicle turns….

As if the Uber v. Waymo trade secret case couldn’t get any more dramatic.  I wonder how the lawyer was able to tie in all the allegations into what I understand to be essentially an employment dispute.  Could be crazy stuff if even half of what is alleged is true. TechCrunch posted the complaint to Scribd – it is one long stream of consciousness mess.  I am surprised given the potential for a large payout that the lawyer for the nanny couldn’t at least make the story a little more coherent and organized –

The nanny of former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has filed an excruciatingly detailed lawsuit

Apple, big crybaby?

So wait, Apple had constructive knowledge of Voip-pal’s lobbying because the lobbying letters were posted on pacer in the litigation docket on May of 2017 – and NOW they are complaining?   Talk about being over-entitled.  It’s bad enough when companies believe that its OK to lobby ex parte to kill patents, but lobbying ex parte to save patents is bad.  But now to complain about the lobbying more than 6 months after that lobbying was publicized in the court docket?  Really?  Is Apple that spoiled? or am I missing something here.

Plessy moves to a licensing model

Interesting move by Plessey.  I wonder if there are underlying reasons why they couldn’t get interest in actual manufacturing – is it that the UK financial ecosystem is biased against deviation from the design-it-at-home-but-make-it-all-in-China model that was (but no longer is?) popular for the past 20 years?  or is something else going on? If the former, then things wouldn’t seem to bode very well for the various Brexiteers’ economic promises if innovative UK companies can’t get funding to manufacture in the UK


Silicon Valley entitlement meets the real work, Part 564….

Once again, just because you think you’re a tech company and special doesn’t mean that the law should treat you differently.  . The key issue from the piece: Florida policy requires all state, county and municipal records to be open for inspection and copying by anyone. That’s bad news for Uber, which has fought to exclude its files from public and police view. And now, an appellate court has ruled the company must disclose documents detailing its airport trips and what it paid Broward County for that business.

US Trade Secrets vs. Chinese Injunctions

In a case designed to hit as many buttons as possible of IP futurists,  a suit in the US for theft of trade secrets under DTSA responded to with a patent lawsuit and injunction request in China.  Should be interesting to see how this turns out.