Posts Categorized: Intellectual Property

Posted: July 6, 2017

Theft of Trade Secrets Claim Fails; Customer Lists Were Not Shown to be Secret

On June 28, 2017, the Second Department issued a decision in Tri-Star Lighting Corp. v. Goldstein, 2017 NY Slip Op. 05261, affirming the dismissal of a theft of trade secrets claim because the alleged trade secrets (customer lists) were not adequately alleged to have been secrets, explaining: The Supreme Court properly granted that branch of... Read more »

Posted: June 30, 2017

Court of Appeals Accepts Certified Questions Regarding Calculation of Damages and Prejudgment Interest in Trade Secret Cases

On June 27, 2017, the Court of Appeals accepted two certified questions from the Second Circuit in E.J. Brooks Co. v. Cambridge Sec. Seals, 2017 NY Slip Op 78277: 1. “[W]hether, under New York law, a plaintiff asserting claims of misappropriation of a trade secret, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment can recover damages that are... Read more »

Posted: June 22, 2017

Court Refuses to Enforce No-Challenge Clause in Patent License

On June 14, 2017, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Island Intellectual Property LLC v. Reich & Tang Deposit Solutions, LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op. 27199, holding that the provision of a patent license prohibiting the licensee from challenging the validity of the licensed patents was unenforceable, explaining:... Read more »

Posted: November 17, 2016

Clothing Designs Other Than Trademarked Logos are Not Protected Intellectual Property

On November 1, 2016, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in S.A.S.C.O. Trading, Inc. v. Pamnani, 2016 NY Slip Op. 32243(U), holding that clothing designs were not protected intellectual property, explaining: Assuming that defendants copied designs created by plaintiffs, such designs appear not to be protected unless the copying... Read more »

Posted: November 7, 2016

When Party Requires that Information it Sells Be Kept Confidential, Information Still Protected

On October 25, 2016, the First Department issued a decision in BitSight Technologies, Inc. v. SecurityScorecard, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op. 06980, holding that when a party requires that information it sells be kept confidential, that information remains protected as confidential information despite its sale, explaining: When a party sells information to subscribers with the... Read more »

Posted: September 8, 2016

Civil Rights Law § 51 Claims For Misuse Of Likeness Against Grand Theft Auto V Dismissed On Appeal

On September 1, 2016, the First Department issued a decision in Gravano v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op. 05942, dismissing plaintiffs’ claims under N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 51. Plaintiff Karen Gravano is the daughter of notorious mafia figure Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, and is currently appearing on the reality show “Mob... Read more »

Posted: December 31, 2015

Taking or Copying Customer Lists is Breach of Fiduciary Duty Even if Not Trade Secrets

On November 21, 2015, Justice Grays of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in Pavers & Road Builders District Council Welfare Fund v. Briceno, 2015 NY Slip Op. 32415(U), explaining that even if they are not trade secrets, it is a breach of fiduciary duty for an employee to take customer lists. In... Read more »

Posted: December 16, 2015

Claim For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets Must Plead Specific Facts

On December 10, 2015, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division, issued a decision in Reva Capital Markets LLC, v. Northend Energy, Ltd., 2015 NY Slip Op. 51809(U), which, inter alia, dismissed a trade secrets claim on the pleadings. Plaintiff brought this action against a number of defendants, alleging that they breached various... Read more »

Posted: July 19, 2015

Court Considers Whether Plaintiff’s Inadvertent Electronic Filing of Confidential Documents As Exhibits to Motion Papers Waived Trade Secret Protection

On July 14, 2015, Justice Platkin of the Albany County Commercial Division issued a decision in HMS Holdings Corp. v. Arendt, 2015 NY Slip Op 51034(U), considering whether the inadvertent e-filing of confidential documents compromised the trade secret status of the documents. In HMS Holdings, the plaintiff filed suit against former employees seeking to enforce... Read more »