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September 2014 Archives

Did former software executive steal trade secrets?

With the speed at which computer technology is growing, software companies in New Mexico and across the country have more reason than ever to protect their ideas and products.  When an executive with one of these companies resigns his or her position, there is a legitimate concern that he or she could reveal the company's trade secrets to another employer.  This is the concern behind a lawsuit filed by an out-of-state software company against a former executive. It is claimed that the executive revealed the company's secrets to her new employer.

Blockbuster copyright infringement case thrown out

Many New Mexico moviegoers have probably seen "Avatar," James Cameron's blockbuster movie released in 2009.  A man claiming that his ideas were stolen and used in the movie sued Cameron, Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox for copyright infringement.  Recently, a judge dismissed the case.

Domain name disputes can lead to litigation

Many people living in New Mexico and across the country today would have a difficult time making it to the end of the day without access to the Internet. It provides users with driving directions, social interactions, online sales and much more. Google is one company that many people think of when considering the Internet, which happens to be involved in a recent case regarding domain name disputes. In this dispute, two men claim that the company has become so popular that the word Google is too generic to retain its trademark.

Court rules employee did not violate non-compete agreements

In a ruling that may interest business owners in New Mexico, a court ruled that an employee did not violate the terms of non-compete agreements with his former employer. The case stemmed from a man who joined a competitor 10 days after he left his employer, possibly in violation of non-compete agreements. The man was originally employed by a home healthcare provider as a patient advocate.

Trade secrets stolen from meat processing company

Cargill Inc. has sued a former employee, claiming the executive stole trade secrets and gave them to a new employer. The company claims that the man took the information shortly before he accepted a new position with a rival company. Trade secrets are incredibly valuable to a company, including those in New Mexico, and legal action may be in order when this information is compromised.


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