Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2018: Part 1

By Randall Kahnke, Kerry Bundy, Stacie Linguist and Matthew Burkhart (December 20, 2018, 4:13 PM EST) -- The year 2018 brought significant developments in trade secret law, both in the U.S. and abroad.

In part one of this two-part series, we highlight five developments in particular: (1) further context regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act's time limitation; (2) additional guidance on the application of the DTSA's whistleblower protection; (3) rejections of unsupported attorneys' eyes only, or AEO, designations; (4) the U.S. Department of Justice's crackdown on employee no-poach agreements; and (5) courts' varied interpretations of customer lists as trade secrets.

A takeaway summarizing key issues and practical guidance appears at the end of each topic.

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