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  • Trade Secrets Protection: Some Common Sense and an Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

    By Procopio Partners Tyler M. Paetkau and Mindy M. Morton Given the dire consequences a company can face once a valuable trade secret goes out the door, corporate executives need to understand what their trade secrets are as well as how to protect them. Under the law, a trade secret has “independent economic value,” and to earn legal protection an employer must take reasonable steps to protect it. Too often a company’s own employees, intentionally or not, pose the greatest thr...

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  • Avoiding Litigation While Resolving Disputes: Commercial Contract Challenges During COVID-19

    By Procopio Partners Robert H. Sloss, Mindy M. Morton, and Edward C. Walton Lawyers, like everyone else, are scrambling to identify potential problems and craft possible solutions for the COVID-19 virus’ far-reaching impact on businesses and financial markets. Small and large companies are being forced to deal with substantial catastrophes they never expected to encounter, including: large-scale cancellations or postponements of orders; disruptions to key supply chains; ...

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  • Cybersecurity, Sports Betting, Hemp, and Child Welfare: 2020 Indian Law Updates

    By Procopio Partner Mindy M. Morton and Associates Gabriela Magee and Racheal M. White Hawk Tribes saw significant developments in the laws governing Indian country in 2019. Among those changes was a district court decision dismantling the forty-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a decision that is currently being reviewed by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Tribes also saw the development of new business opportunities and regulations in hemp production. Additi...

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  • Why Companies Should Care About Increasing Criminal Enforcement of Trade Secret Theft

    By Procopio Partner Mindy Morton The importance of trade secrets continues to be front and center in high-profile legal disputes. In a 2019 Bloomberg Law Big Law Business Quick Pulse Survey, approximately 33% of companies surveyed said that they had trade secrets stolen in the last 10 years, and 75% of the surveyed companies expected the risk of trade secret theft to rise in the next five years.  The Waymo-Uber trade secret dispute is case in point. While civil litigation was settled...

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  • 5 Steps to Keeping Your Trade Secrets Secret

    By Procopio Partner Mindy M. Morton A high-stakes trial that began this week between ride-sharing market leader Uber and self-driving car designer Waymo is front-page news. We frequently see patent and copyright cases in the headlines, but this is a trade secret case, which infrequently achieve such a high profile. What many people don’t realize, however, is that trade secrets are vital to the U.S. economy. According to the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, companies...

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