Waymo v. Uber: The battle over self-driving cars

It wasn’t too long ago when self-driving cars, as portrayed in “I, Robot,” seemed like a thing of the distant future. But, lo and behold, self-driving cars no longer seem out of reach. In fact, it seems like they may be right around the corner. Last year, Elon Musk predicted that by the end of 2017 he will produce a Tesla that can drive itself from Los Angeles to New York City. With.. Read More

Uber Stole My Idea! An Overview of Kevin Halpern v. Uber Technologies

Uber Technologies Inc. has had, and continues to have, its fair share of legal problems. Recently, two women have filed a lawsuit claiming they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers. Additionally, a federal judge recently ordered Uber to turn over any information that suggests that a competitor, and not hackers, were responsible for a data breach that potentially compromised the personal information of 50,000 Uber drivers. Furthermore, Uber plans on appealing a federal.. Read More

Upcoming CLE Conference – Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape

On December 3rd, JIPEL contributing author Adam Waks will be part of the faculty for the International Intellectual Property Institute-Bloomberg BNA CLE “Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape.” The conference will provide an overview of current trade secret law, the proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014, and strategies for creating policies and procedures that protect trade secrets. Waks will be presenting on trade secrets and employment in the current era, including:.. Read More

Keeping the Cat in the Bag: Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine and its Inevitable Evolution

Choosing to keep intellectual property as trade secrets can place employers in a tough position: employers must expose intellectual property to certain employees so they can do their jobs, but in a global marketplace where employees increasingly work for multiple employers during their business lives, this exposure places trade secrets at risk of misappropriation. Because of the nature of trade secrets, employers cannot always count on contractual obligations or legal remedies to deter.. Read More