I will be speaking on September 11, 2012, at continuing legal education program on Trade Secret Fundamentals: What You Can and Can’t Do, sponsored by the District of Columbia Bar: 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street, NW. Washington D.C. Enroll here.
The presentation will focus on a review of federal and state laws that protect trade secrets and steps that companies can take to protect their confidential business information. It will also draw on the first-ever analysis of the approximate 125 prosecutions that the government has brought under the Economic Espionage Act. Recent trade secret cases, such as Starwood v. Hilton, will also be used to illustrate the law and practical considerations, including the following:
• Key provisions in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Economic Espionage Act, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
• Best practices for an internal investigation
• The advantages and disadvantages of making a criminal referral in a trade secrets case.
• How companies can better protect their trade secrets
• How companies can avoid becoming unwitting criminal defendants in a trade secrets case