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Trade secret quandary at Uber

The Uber quandary seems to get thicker and thicker as the story and evidence keeps unraveling. It first made news when Waymo, a sister company of Google, filed a suit against Uber claiming that they stole trade secrets relating to their lidar sensors for self-driving cars. Allegedly, a former employee downloaded thousands of files before leaving their company and sold the information to Uber for $680 million.

Scott Pruett: Race driver or wine maker?

It appears that Scott Pruett, the legendary race car driver, is also a wine connoisseur. Wine hobbyists are common in America, but Pruett has turned a wine hobby into a full-blown business. Wine Spectator Magazine has placed Pruett Vineyard's 2014 Syrah wine equivalent to the best in the world.

Don't overlook social media when protecting trade secrets

The use of social media has become second nature to most of us in today's world. We have all become so accustomed to using social media that we may post content online without even thinking about it. In most cases, this practice is harmless, but if an employee posts content related to work without a second thought, it may compromise your trade secrets.

Trade secret protection when an employee exits your company

Employees will come and go in all types of California industries. This is a fact that most company owners understand all too well. You likely already know how important it is to protect your trade secrets through the hiring process and for the duration of employment. However, you should also understand how to protect your secrets through the exit process as well.

Protect your trade secrets or prepare for litigation

Protecting your company's trade secrets could be the difference between being a one-of-a-kind business or one with many copy cats. Trade secrets can be anything from a method to make a product to a recipe that has been passed down for generations. Protecting that trade secret is vital to the company's continued success.

What does the term trade secret really mean?

The intellectual property arena comes with a great deal of terminology such as patents, copyrights, infringement and yes, trade secrets. This can be confusing to someone just getting started. The term "trade secrets" in particular has a lot of room for self-interpretation. It is important for those interested in protecting their intellectual property in California to find out just what this term means.

Patents vs. trade secrets: Deciding which option is best for you

When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, you have two powerful options at your disposal. You can file for a patent or you can opt to license your property as a trade secret. Both of these choices are valuable, but how can you know which option is best for you?

Uber gets no relief in court, even after firing ex-Waymo engineer

May was a tough month for all involved in the trade secrets infringement case brought by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Uber, which is also developing self-driving technology. The problem is that Uber hired a former engineer from Waymo to run its self-driving car project, and that engineer may have pilfered Waymo's trade secrets.

Did Uber know the Waymo engineer it hired would bring secrets?

Ride-sharing giant Uber is in the midst of a hard-fought battle to get ahead in the exciting field of autonomous vehicle technology. Unfortunately, a judge has just ruled that it took the contest a bit too far when it hired a former engineer from Waymo, Google/Alphabet, Inc.'s self-driving vehicle unit.

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