August 16, 2017

Intellectual Property

Handle with Care: Civil Seizure Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Introduction On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act … [Read More...]

Misappropriation of a Trade Secret Under the DTSA

This article first appeared in IPWatchdog on June, 10, 2016. On May 11, 2016, President Obama … [Read More...]

Definition of a “Trade Secret” Under the DTSA

This originally appeared in IP Watchdog on May 24, 2016. On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed … [Read More...]

Five Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

This article originally appeared in IP Watchdog on May 11, 2016. On April 27, 2016, Congress … [Read More...]

Release 25 – Intellectual Property & Computer Crimes

Release 25 to my book, Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes, is here. The release contains a … [Read More...]

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On Thursday, January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary passed a voice vote in favor of the Defend Trade … [Read More...]

Supreme Court needs to clarify the scope of the CFAA

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been the primary “go to” statute for the federal … [Read More...]

The Defend Trade Secrets Act Is Not Ready for Prime Time

In my previous post, I wrote about the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Defend Trade … [Read More...]

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on Defend Trade Secrets Act

On December, 2, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Defend Trade Secrets Act, … [Read More...]

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015

On December 1, 2015, I joined with 19 other attorneys that specialize in trade secret law in writing … [Read More...]

Is Metadata Protected by the Wiretap Act? Third Circuit: It Depends!

In general, “metadata” is data that describes other data and summarizes basic information about … [Read More...]

“Not all Chinese are economic spies”

Here's an article that was first published in The Hill on September 28, 2015. The issue of … [Read More...]

Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes Release 24 is Here

Release 24 to my book, Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes, is here. The release features … [Read More...]

New Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Appellate Case

The Ninth Circuit has decided an important Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case. In United States v. … [Read More...]

Congress Again Considers Civil Trade Secrets Legislation

Its that time of the year again when Congress considers legislation that would provide for civil … [Read More...]

Collection Of Information By 5 Largest Tech Companies

The revelations by Edward Snowden about the NSA’s collection of “metadata” on every phone call that … [Read More...]

The Anti–Innovation Patent Act of 2015

Patent rights in the United States have been steadily eroding for a number of years. Decisions by … [Read More...]

The St. Louis ‘Jailbirds’

This article first appeared in Yahoo Finance. As was first reported by the New York Times, the … [Read More...]

Answers to Questions Regarding Chinese Economic Espionage

Over the past few weeks I have been interviewed by a number of Chinese media sources which are very … [Read More...]

Not All Stolen Information Is a Trade Secret

In the past two weeks the United States has brought two cases against Chinese nationals for stealing … [Read More...]

The Assault on Patents

The United States patent system is under assault. The most significant changes to patent system in … [Read More...]

The Administration’s Misguided Proposal to Amend the CFAA

In light of the string of high-profile hacks at companies in 2014, culminating with Sony, it is not … [Read More...]

Privacy Piracy

I appeared as a guest on Privacy Piracy on KUCI, an NPR station in California, discussing the need … [Read More...]

Trade Secrets: The Intellectual Property for the 21st Century?

The patent system has been under  attack by all three branches of the U.S. governmentin the past … [Read More...]

Named as National Law Journal 2014 Top 50 IP Trailblazers & Pioneers

  Here's what the National Law Journal had to say about me: "Peter Toren was working in … [Read More...]

The Government vs. General Alexander: Who Owns His Inventions

Since retiring as the director of the National Security Agency in March of this year, General Keith … [Read More...]

Updates on Federal Law Concerning Criminal Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Hacking

Whether you are a criminal lawyer seeking guidance on intellectual property issues or a civil lawyer … [Read More...]

The Attack on Patents

This version originally  appeared in The Hill, August 13, 2014. The United States patent system is … [Read More...]

The Assault on Patents

The Assault on Patents By Peter J. Toren All three branches of the U.S. government have attacked … [Read More...]

Administration Policy On Enforcing the CFAA Should Change

Almost exactly one year ago, Senator Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Lofgren of California introduced … [Read More...]

Apple-Samsung Round Two: And the Winner ….?

The outcome of the second patent trial of the century between Apple and Samsung which resulted in … [Read More...]

The National Law Journal Selects Weisbrod Matteis & Copley as One of the Ten Hottest Litigation Boutiques In the United States

The National Law Journal selected my firm, Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC, as one of the ten hottest … [Read More...]

The U.S. is Not a Hypocrite When It Comes to the Protection of Intellectual Property

In a September 24, 2013, column entitled American hypocritical approach to economic espionage,” Orly … [Read More...]

AIPLA Trade Secret Summit – Oct. 22, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Please join me at the Second Annual AIPLA Trade Secret Summit on October 22, 2013, held in … [Read More...]

WMC “Going All-Out To Collect $26M Verdict”

The Washington Business Journal ran an article on September 13, 2013, on my firm, Weisbrod, Matteis … [Read More...]

Looking for the Latest Updates on Federal Law Concerning Criminal Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Hacking

Whether you are a criminal lawyer seeking guidance on intellectual property issues or a civil lawyer … [Read More...]

Does Jay-Z’s App Promoting His New Album Violate Federal Criminal Law?

Surveillance warning: Does Jay-Z's new Android app that collects massive amounts of information from … [Read More...]

“Private Right of Action Against Theft of Trade Secrets Act of 2013”

Representative Zoe Lofgren (D- CA) has been busy. In addition to the bill she introduced with Sen. … [Read More...]

Protecting Trade Secrets in Supply Chains

In today’s global economy many corporations must turn to outsourcing production of key components to … [Read More...]

“Aaron’s Law,” A Bill to Amend the CFAA

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) have introduced “Aaron's Law,” a billed named … [Read More...]

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss EEA Counts

On June 10, 2013, the court denied defendants motion to dismiss a number of the charges in the only … [Read More...]

Bloomberg BNA Presentation on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

I gave a 90 minute webinar on the history and current status of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. I … [Read More...]

Thoughts on the Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property

A just released Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property basically … [Read More...]

Don’t Click Here: You May Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

I will be giving a webinar on June 4, 2013, hosted by Bloomberg BNA on the status of the Computer … [Read More...]

BNA Article: Amending the CFAA

A recently floated draft of proposed legislative changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act … [Read More...]

Computer Fraud and Economic Espionage

I gave two speeches on computer crime, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage this week. … [Read More...]

Amending the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A recently floated draft of a proposed legislative changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act … [Read More...]

Read My Federal Register Comments on Existing Laws Related to the Enforcement of Trade Secrets

Here are my comments to the request by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) … [Read More...]

Administration Calls for Comments on Reducing the Risks of Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, … [Read More...]

Litigating Theft of Trade Secrets Before the International Trade Commission

The International Trade Commission over the past several years has become a popular alternative to … [Read More...]

How to Protect Your Company From Hackers

On a recent installment on Bloomberg Law, I described how it is critically important for companies … [Read More...]

Update to Federal Laws on Criminal Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Hacking Just Published!!

Release 19 to Intellectual Property & Computer Crimes just published! The release is … [Read More...]

Administration Announces Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of Trade Secrets

Over the past year I’ve posted a number of blogs about trade secrets, economic espionage and what … [Read More...]

Creating A Lasting Legacy For Aaron Swartz

A lot has been written recently about the Aaron Swartz and his potential legacy, most of it, … [Read More...]

Learn About the Amendment to the Economic Espionage Act and How It May Affect You!

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act. … [Read More...]

Congress Amends the EEA for the Second Time in 2012

At 11:13 pm on January 1, 2013, the House passed the Senate-amended version of H.R. 6029 to increase … [Read More...]

“Clarification” to the Economic Espionage Act Awaits President Obama’s Signature

The House of Representatives, on December 18, 2012, joined the Senate in passing a bill (S. 3642) to … [Read More...]

Protecting Intellectual Property: Best Practices

If you're interested in learning more about how companies can better protect their intellectual … [Read More...]

The Senate Adopts My Suggestions On Amending the EEA

The Senate on November 27, 2012, approved legislation amending the Economic Espionage Act. The bill … [Read More...]

Foreign Affairs Is Wrong: China’s Economic Espionage Has Worked in the Past and Will Continue To Do So In The Future

Foreign Affairs recently published a short piece by James A. Lewis on Chinese economic espionage, … [Read More...]

2012 – Patent Litigation Issue Webinar Hosted by LexisNexis/HB Litigation

On November 7, 2012, I gave a webinar presentation hosted by LexisNexis and HB Litigation. My … [Read More...]

Current Trade Secret Litigation Issues

I recently gave a presentation at American Intellectual Property Law Association's 2012 Trade Secret … [Read More...]

Trade Secret Law Fundamentals: What You Can and Can’t Do!

I recently gave a presentation to the District of Columbia Bar on trade secret law fundamentals. The … [Read More...]

BNA Publishes My Report on EEA Prosecutions

BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal published my analysis of the approximately 124 … [Read More...]

Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Tip #1

In an effort to assist companies to better protect their intellectual property and to avoid being … [Read More...]

What Your Company Can Learn From My Analysis of the Economic Espionage Act

If you think your company's trade secrets are safe, think again! In my article, which was published … [Read More...]

I was Right About Apple!

In a previous post I predicted that Apple would win its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung. … [Read More...]

Release 18 of Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes Just Published

Law Journal Press just published Release 18 of my book, Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes, … [Read More...]

Trade Secret Fundamentals: What You Can and Can’t Do (D.C. Bar, Sept. 11, 2012)

I will be speaking on September 11, 2012, at continuing legal education program on Trade Secret … [Read More...]

Why Apple Will Win!

The “patent trial of the century” between Apple and Samsung began on Monday in federal district … [Read More...]

Is the Time Finally Right? Congress Again Considers a Civil Federal Trade Secrets Law

On July 17, 2012, Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) … [Read More...]

Why You Should Care About Counterfeit Electronic Parts

What would you do if you found out, as you were getting on your next flight, that the airplane’s ice … [Read More...]

Don’t Wait for SOPA, You Can Act Now!

In an important and little noticed development, owners of brand products have successfully been able … [Read More...]

4th Circuit Upholds Client’s $26 Million Damage Award for Copyright Infringement

Prior to my joining Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley (WMC), the firm represented Alpha Mining Systems and … [Read More...]

Should a Corporation Report the Risks of a “Cyber Incident”?

Recent high profile data breaches, corporate economic espionage cases and government reports … [Read More...]

Four Lessons Every Company Needs to Know About Protecting Its Trade Secrets

I have completed my in-depth analysis of the approximate 115 prosecutions that the government has … [Read More...]

“Big Cases, Big Verdicts and Big Challenges,” AIPLA Conference (May 10-12, 2012, Austin, Texas)

I will be on a panel at the 2012 Spring Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law … [Read More...]

World Intellectual Property Day – Why It Matters

Last week, April 26, marked World Intellectual Property Day. The US Chamber’s Global Intellectual … [Read More...]

Mr. Patent Meet Mr. Copyright

The American Institute of Physics and two publishers have sued four law firms for copyright … [Read More...]

Chinese Espionage: The Risks Within U.S. Companies

My in-depth review and analysis of the 115 prosecutions brought by the government for theft of trade … [Read More...]

IP Crimes/Cyber Crimes

Don’t Click Here: You May Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

I will be giving a webinar on June 4, 2013, hosted by Bloomberg BNA on the status of the Computer … [Read More...]

Computer Fraud and Economic Espionage

I gave two speeches on computer crime, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage this week. … [Read More...]

Read My Federal Register Comments on Existing Laws Related to the Enforcement of Trade Secrets

Here are my comments to the request by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) … [Read More...]

How Law Firms Can Help Clients Prevent Cyber-Espionage

If you've been reading all the recent articles about cyber-crime in the news these days—and you're … [Read More...]

Chinese Corporate Spying Case is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Bloomberg Law released on March 19, 2012 my interview regarding the Economic Espionage Act. … [Read More...]

Big News: Federal Civil Trade Secrets Bill is Introduced

Big News! After years of speculation and talking, it's finally happened.  Congress is seriously … [Read More...]

Avoiding/Reducing Corporate Criminal Exposure for IP Violations

All it takes are the acts of one rogue employee for the federal government to open a criminal … [Read More...]

Are You Ready To Be Hacked?

A number of the largest ever computer security breaches have occurred over the past several months.  … [Read More...]

e-Commerce

China/Russia Steal Trade Secrets from U.S. Visitors

In case you missed it, the New York Times published a front page article on February 11, 2012, … [Read More...]

Are You Ready To Be Hacked?

A number of the largest ever computer security breaches have occurred over the past several months.  … [Read More...]

Virtual Worlds

Your Private Posts are Less Private Then You Think

Your Private Posts are Less Private Then You Think Imagine that instead of driving in the newest … [Read More...]

Disciplining Employees for Unapproved Posts

Disciplining Employees for Unapproved Posts It has become commonplace for companies and employees … [Read More...]

Are You Ready To Be Hacked?

A number of the largest ever computer security breaches have occurred over the past several months.  … [Read More...]

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