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Can an Employee Take Your Company’s Trade Secrets to a Competing Business?

On February 23, 2017, Waymo, LLC (owned by Google’s parent company), filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc., Ottomotto LLC, and Otto Trucking, LLC.  The basis of Waymo’s lawsuit is for violation of the defense of trade secret act. The three main questions raised by this lawsuit are: 1)         Can an employee take a company’s Read More

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The Basics of a Bulletproof Non-Disclosure Agreement

At Garcia & Gurney, ALC, our Pleasanton business attorneys routinely help corporations protect their intellectual property through the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA). While many business owners are aware that they need non-disclosure agreements when conducting business with anyone, they are not fully aware of what elements are necessary to render a non-disclosure agreement enforceable Read More

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Four Things to Understand About Your Work Email

According to the State of California Department of Justice, “Your employer is generally allowed to monitor your workplace communications, such as business phone calls and computer usage, and to access to your voicemail and e-mail.” Though this has been the law for a considerable amount of time, employees across the state are still having a Read More

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How to Protect Your Trade Secrets in California

A trade secret is any information that is unique and valuable to your business and that is not known to the general public. A trade secret is oftentimes a business’s “secret weapon,” the thing that helps it stand apart from the competition and makes its customers choose it. Because a trade secret can make or Read More

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Protecting Your Trade Secrets When a Key Employee Moves to a Competitor

We see it in movies all the time—a key employee is enticed away from his or her current position by a competitor who promises a bigger salary, better benefits package, and a cushier office. In return, however, the competitor wants insider information about the employee’s former company. They want to know about potential new customers, Read More

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Fitbit Sued in Trade Secret Lawsuit

  One of the most popular health trends today is the wearable health tracking device. Now, one fitness tracking company is suing another for allegedly strategically luring away employees in a deliberate attempt to steal trade secret information. Jawbone is suing its rival Fitbit in a lawsuit for trade secret misappropriation filed in a San Francisco Read More

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Zillow Defeats Most Claims in Trade Secret Lawsuit

The real estate company Zillow, Inc. has successfully managed to knock out the majority of claims in atrade secret lawsuit that accuses the company of stealing an idea on their website known as the “Coming Soon” listings. The ruling cited a lack of “sufficient specificity [in] the trade secret and nontrade secret proprietary information at Read More

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