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Apple ex-employee bites into its trade secrets

A former employee of Apple, Xialong Zhang, has been charged with the theft of Apple’s confidential information and trade secrets and faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Zhang downloaded the Apple’s 25-page blueprint of its self-driving start-up car, but shortly after he was arrested at San Jose Airport where he travelling to China to work for another company, Xiopeng Motors. Whilst being questioned by Apple, Zhang admitted to Airdropping copious…
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Protecting your ideas and know how – Confidential Information

Do you pitch ideas and designs as part of a tender or potential investment deal? Does your employee have access to your client lists? Does your manufacturer have detailed information relating to your products or suppliers? These types of information can have limited or no protection as intellectual property rights, but don’t panic – you may still have rights under the law of confidential information. There are 3 key elements to consider: Does the information…
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EU Trade Secrets Directive and Panama Papers

The leak of the Panama Papers highlighted an unprecedented disclosure of 11.5m files from the database of one of the world’s largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The records were obtained by an anonymous source who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. On 28 April 2016 the US House of Representative passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2015, to provide jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and other purposes in the…
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