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‘Trade Secret’ Law is Turning Out to be a Well-Kept ‘Secret’

This post was published on August 26, 2014.   A recent discussion with a friend made me contemplate the methods companies use to protect a business process. Most companies have processes that help in their smooth daily functioning yielding them their revenue. Since business methods are not patentable in India, there must be a way that these processes can be protected from competitors. Of course there is - Trade Secrets. A business process forms part of a company’s Confidential Information and can be…

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Is Coke’s Formulation Still a Trade Secret?

This post was first published on February 16, 2011. Coca Cola's secret formulation is the most cited example to elucidate the business value of trade secrets. Coca Cola has been taking stringent measures to protect the secrecy of its formulation and it is believed that the formulation makes it the most popular soft drink in the world. Recent news reports seem to suggest that Coke's formulation is not a trade secret any more. Alleged claims of a weekly public radio…

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Secrecy Obligations of Employees

First Publication Date: 7th December 2010. Trade Secrets form an important part of intellectual property owned by most knowledge driven companies. Infact, patents and others are just the tip of the intellectual property ice berg of a company, the rest being trade secrets. Most countries including India do not have legislations protecting trade secrets and the law with respect to their protection emanates from court decisions. Agreements have been recognized by Indian courts to be valid measures to protect secrets.…

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The featured image is a screen grab of the first slide of the presentation titled "Trade Secrets and Information Security". This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at CISCO, Bangalore

Trade Secret Case Law Jurisprudence in India- 1

First Publication Date: 21st December 2009 Trade Secret in India is not protected under any specific law but Indian Courts from time to time have recognized that confidential business information, such as customer lists, details of suppliers, pricing policies, product launch time-schedules, management marketing, know-how, designs, drawings, model, specifications, surface data, notes, improvements, technical information and so on may qualify as trade secrets. The jurisprudence that has developed in relation to trade secrets and confidential information is by way…

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Trade Secrets Basics

  First Publication Date: 4th February 2008 What is a trade secret? Trade secret is any information that has independent economic value because of not being known to others and for which reasonable measures have been taken to protect it as a secret. A secret is a trade secret only if it has legal sanctity. Terms like 'confidential information', 'proprietary information', 'undisclosed information' and trade secret have the same meaning from legal perspective. What is a reasonable measure? A measure to protect secrecy…

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The featured image is a screen grab of the first slide of the presentation titled "Trade Secrets and Information Security". This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at CISCO, Bangalore

Trade Secrets and Information Security – Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala’s presentation at CISCO

The following presentation titled "Trade Secrets and Information Security" was delivered at CISCO, Bangalore by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Chief IP Attorney at BananaIP Counsels. The presentation covers the following topics: Trade Secret Reasonable Measures Secret Information NDAs and Confidentiality Clauses Access Controls, etc. Misappropriation Defenses Example case for trade secret misappropriation Social Media and Information Security Recent Cases involving trade secrets and information security ZeniMax v. Oculus Dalmatia v. FoodMatch…

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TCS Liable for Trade Secret Misappropriation – Wisconsin Federal Court Grants 940 Million Dollars as Damages

  In a recent judgment, a US Federal Court at Wisconsin held TCS liable for trade secret misappropriation along with other counts, and granted damages to the tune of 940 million dollars, the highest in a trade secret case. TCS has stated that it would appeal the decision, and the value of damages is expected to be reduced substantially. In 2014, Epic Systems sued TCS in the Wisconsin Court for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, unfair trade practice, and unjust…

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US-ITC versus Clear

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently passed a decision against an order of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) which sought to block the import of digital data that violated patents. The decision was passed on 10th November this year, in the case of ClearCorrect Operating, LLC, ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd., v. International Trade Commission and Align Technology, Inc. Align Technology is a multinational medical device company based out of San Jose, California.  Align Technology…

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Let’s keep that a secret, shall we?

Trade secrets have been in practice since long and are very different from patents. While patents require you to disclose your information in the application process that eventually becomes public, trade secrets allow you to actively keep the information secret. The protection from patents is limited (20 years) and demands a considerable budget to maintain the patent. However, after 20 years the invention is open to public use. Trade secret protection can potentially last longer, as long as you are able…

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