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Kaedar Electronics’ Parent Company Suspends a Manager Accused of Paying Kickbacks to Apple Employee in Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Case

In Criminal Theft of Trade Secrets, Fun with Trade Secrets, International on August 18, 2010 at 5:17 am
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Ting-I Tsai of The Wall Street Journal reports that Pegatron Corp., the parent company of Kaedar Electronics Co., said it had suspended a manager who has been accused of paying kickbacks to Paul Devine, an Apple employee.  Pegatron says it is now investigating whether the manager violated the company’s code of conduct.  The company is reportedly working on an iPhone for a second mobile standard for Apple.

Neither Pegatron Corp. nor Kaedar Electronics Co. were named as defendants in the civil suit filed by Apple Inc. on Friday.

If Apple truly believed that confidential information and trade secrets were misappropriated by Devine and Kaedar Electronics, one would expect that Kaedar would be brought in as a party.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Protecting Trade Secrets in China is Top Priority for Group of In House Intellectual Property Attorneys

In Conferences, Criminal Theft of Trade Secrets, International on August 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm
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Protecting trade secrets when doing business in developing countries has long been a concern of intellectual property attorneys.  Protecting American trade secrets in China was identified as a top priority amount a group of in-house intellectual property attorneys at a the American Bar Association‘s annual conference which was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this morning.

Amy Miller of Legal Pad reported on some perspectives shared at the conference:

Gary Loeb, vice president of intellectual property at Genenetech, Inc., said that during litigation he fights aggressively to keep his company’s secret information confidential. “It’s a battle we take very seriously,” he said. “It’s something that makes our cases very expensive.”

Scott Piering, senior IP lawyer at Cargill, Incorporated, said . . . . [that] Cargill has had less success keeping their trade secrets secret when doing business in China. Dealing with corporate espionage is just the price of doing business there, he said. So his company doesn’t take its best trade secrets to China, but Cargill has taken some calculated risks in the country, and said it’s expected that trade secrets will be stolen. “It keeps me up at night constantly,” he said.

Robert Lindefjeld, general counsel and chief IP counsel for Nantero, Inc., said he hasn’t figured out how to deal with corporate spying in China either. His strategy is to just maintain a strong patent portfolio in China. “I used to file every single patent overseas,” he said. “Now I only file key patents because it’s so expensive.”

You can read the article here.

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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