The Circle of HOPE (2018): "Why Trade Secret Law Can’t Stop Hackers" (Download)
Friday, July 20, 2018: 6:00 pm (Ritchie): Patent law can’t cover everything. In cases where the publicity of a patent is too high a price to pay, the law provides protections against the "misappropriation" of trade secrets, which have no expiration date. Trade secret law has been strengthened in recent years to include federal protection and warrantless seizure of property. This talk introduces the trade secret and industrial espionage laws and outlines the limitations of these laws in the face of a person intent on liberating closely held secrets. It will cover the Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2016, including the provisions for "ex parte seizure" of property. This talk is an academic discussion of trade secret law and should not be construed as legal advice.