blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on May 15, 2014
Topic: blogs
Tags: Patent litigation

Make Sure All Parties With Interest Are Engaged in Patent Infringement Suit

In an appeal from a bankruptcy ruling (Taylor v. Taylor Made Plastics Inc., 2014-1212, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington), the appellate court ruled that the omission of an ex-wife who had a 60% interest in the patent in question voided the attempt by the original patent owner to sue for infringement. […]

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Posted by Sequel on May 9, 2014
Topic: blogs, Trade Secrets

Filing of Patent Can Act as Constructive Notice of Possible Trade Secret Breach

If someone in possession of another’s trade secrets files a patent application including those secrets, the application may be considered a sufficient notice of possible breach for the purpose of statutes of limitations. That appears to be the result of a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California in […]

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Posted by Sequel on May 8, 2014
Topic: blogs, Copyrights
Tags: Copyright Trolling

“Copyright Troll” Business Model Case Heard Before DC Appellate Court

In a rare event, The DC Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the middle of April in AF Holdings v. Does 1-1058, a case centered on what has become known as the “copyright troll business model.” These are cases brought by copyright holders which attempt to join together in a single action hundreds or […]

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Posted by Sequel on May 6, 2014
Topic: blogs, Trade Secrets
Tags: inevitable disclosure rule

Courts Seem Reluctant to Enforce Non-Compete Agreements Without ‘Troubling Facts’

The scenario is all too common. A top-level executive at a company is enticed by a competitor to take a similar role with it. An agreement is struck and the executive announces his intent to switch companies. Immediately his former company files a suit against him and the competitor charging any or all of breach […]

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Posted by Sequel on April 10, 2014
Topic: blogs, Trade Secrets
Tags: Client lists

Nebraska Court Puts Client List Protection Under a Cloud

A court in Nebraska has ruled that a client list that contains only data that could be obtained from other public sources may not be protected as a trade secret. The ruling, if adopted more broadly in other jurisdictions, could undo a long tradition of treating such lists as legitimate trade secret information. In First […]

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