New Jersey businesses that want to safeguard their intellectual property may be interested to hear about a May 2017 court decision that seems to suggest that companies can make inevitable disclosure claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The case arose when a motor company's quality control overseer left to join a competitor and took trade secrets that he had downloaded with him. His old firm sued the new employer based on these actions.
A June Supreme Court ruling may be of interest to New Jersey music lovers. A band by the name of The Slants consists of Asian-American members. The lead man in the group stated that the band name was meant to reclaim the offensive term so that it could be repurposed as a point of pride.
New Jersey music fans will likely have little problem recognizing the Eagles hit "Hotel California". The timeless lyrics by Don Henley and Glenn Frey have inspired songwriters for generations, but the band claims that a Los Angeles hospitality company strayed beyond homage and entered the area of intellectual property rights infringement when it named a hotel in Mexico after the 1976 hit. The Eagles are seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in a California federal court.
Owners of New Jersey startups will have their plates full as they strive to stake a claim in the marketplace. Protecting intellectual property needs to be high among their priorities. Intellectual property consists of trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets.