Trade Secret Litigation 101: What All Attorneys Should Know as Employees Work from Home and Jobless Claims Continue to Rise


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will provide an overview of trade secret litigation including the scope of what qualifies as a trade secret under the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state trade secret statutes, what qualifies as reasonable measures to maintain the secrecy of trade secret information, and protections available to trade secret owners through the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state trade secret statutes. The course will also discuss economic and social drivers of a likely increase in trade secret litigation in the coming years resulting from the ubiquitous work-from-home arrangements due to social-distancing requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the present economic downturn. Lastly, this course will discuss steps businesses can take to protect their trade secrets, including preventative measures against misappropriation including risk factors to be aware of, and responsive steps for businesses to take where misappropriation has already occurred.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

1. The scope of what qualifies as a trade secret under the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state trade secret statutes, including what qualifies as reasonable measures under the trade secret statutes to maintain secrecy of valuable information.
2. Economic and social drivers of a likely increase in misappropriation of trade secrets amid the present ubiquity of work-from-home arrangements due to social-distancing requirements and economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Protections for trade secrets, including steps businesses can take to protect against misappropriation by employees and/or business partners, and techniques for identifying risk factors that may precede misappropriation and action to take once misappropriation is identified

Date / Time: May 26, 2020

•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during the presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: May 26, 2020

Michael T. Renaud
Michael is Chair of the Intellectual Property Division at Mintz and serves as a member on the firm’s Policy Committee. He is an experienced litigator known for his business approach to helping clients solve their patent and trade secrets challenges. His success on behalf of clients comes from his ability to communicate the value and importance of his clients’ IP to competitors, investors, purchasers, licensees, counsel, judges, and juries.
With a background in mechanical engineering and nearly 20 years’ experience practicing law, he has the combination of technical and legal skills essential to a strategic patent and trade secrets practice. He has achieved courtroom victories and negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex negotiations and protracted litigation.
Michael’s technology experience includes electromechanical systems, digital cameras, embedded microprocessors, telecommunications and network software, cellular phones, and e-commerce, among others.

Nicholas W. Armington
Nicholas is a litigator who combines practical advice with deep experience to deliver results for his clients who find themselves the target of a lawsuit, or require the assistance of the courts to resolve a dispute. Nicholas represents clients in federal and state court, and at the International Trade Commission, where his practice covers all aspects of IP litigation with a focus on cases concerning allegations of trade secret misappropriation. Nicholas has delivered results for clients in a variety of technology areas, including network devices, semiconductors, consumer electronics, medical devices, and manufacturing devices.

Nicholas brings robust courtroom experience to litigating trade secret and other matters. Aside from the trial work he has done for his clients at Mintz, while a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Nicholas prosecuted over 150 criminal matters, trying well over a dozen jury and bench trials. Prior to joining Mintz, Nick worked for Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Hon. Patti B. Saris, Chief Judge of the US District Court, District of Massachusetts.

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