McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of 2018 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2018 IP Counsel Cafe Spring Meeting entitled, “A New Era for IP Owners: Confronting the Penalties of Globalization.” It is set for April 25-27, 2018 in Palo Alto, California.

Increasingly, companies are reaping the benefits of globalization, tapping diverse pools of talent around the world while selling products in new markets. Yet these opportunities are fraught with risk, challenges, and even penalties. Collaborating with foreign inventors requires juggling competing laws around IP ownership. Selling and licensing IP rights in multiple regions with differential pricing complicates RAND royalty calculations. Today, a legal victory in E.D. Texas can have little impact on a market place where global litigation is increasingly central. Meanwhile, changing U.S. policies seem to be embracing Cold War-era protectionism. We must tread carefully in order to create and protect IP on a global scale without penalty, at home as well as abroad. What can we expect in the upcoming year? And what can we do now to prepare for upcoming change?

MBHB partner Bradley Hulbert is a featured speaker for the luncheon and panel presentation taking place from 12:00-12:55 p.m. on Thurs., April 26:

Trade Secrets: Monitoring for Trade Secret Theft and Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Actions

The Defense of Trade Secrets Act was passed in 2016, extending protections that exist under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. In addition to criminal action, civil action can now be brought in federal court for trade secret misappropriation. How to identify and keep track of your trade secrets? How to monitor for trade secret theft? Once you’ve found evidence of trade secret theft, what do you do? Should you pursue a civil or criminal action or both? What happens if you call the FBI? What are the pros and cons? How do you protect trade secrets in employment agreements?

Scott Hauser
Associate General Counsel, IP

Bradley Hulbert
Founding Partner
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Jennifer Johnson
Associate General Counsel, Specialty Products Division

Matthew Parrella
Assistant US Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice


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