August 14, 2018

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 the general litigation section of the criminal division of the Department of Justice when he volunteered to be one of the original five prosecutors in the Computer Crime Unit. He ended up focusing on theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, including prosecuting a case of trade secrets theft from Whirlpool. The defendant was acquitted “largely because there was no statute that fit the crime,” and the case was cited by Congress in support of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996.

Toren’s work at the DOJ included one of the first cases under the Economic Espionage Act, in which Four PillarsEnterprise Co. was convicted of stealing trade secrets from Avery Dennison. Since he left for private practice, he’s been working with companies to get them to refer cases to the DOJ for criminal prosecution. He has also worked on one of the biggest trade secrets cases in history, in which Hilton paid damages and signed a deferred prosecution agreement for stealing trade secrets related to SPG’s luxury brand.

About 40 percent of prosecutions brought under the Economic Espionage Act have some Chinese connection, and Toren expects this to continue. Also, “trade secrets probably will take on an increased importance in protection of IP as there have been limitations placed on patents to fight trolls.”Toren is also hopeful that Congress will pass a Civil Trade Secrets bill. “They’ve been considering it for the past 10 years.”

Maybe in the next session there’s a chance.”



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