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Elsewhere in the Courts: Trade Secrets

- In litigation between an insurance company and its former agents, the company claimed that agents misappropriated trade secrets when they used print-outs from the electronic files of insurance policyholders in their search for other jobs. However, the court found that because the same information from the password-protected electronic files was readily available in another format, unsecured physical files stored in the agents’ offices, it cannot be considered a protected trade secret. (Nationwide Mutual Insurance v. Mortensen et al, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, No. 08-5214-cv, 2010)

Intellectual Property

- A new European study (.pdf) attempts to assess the economic impact of counterfeiting and piracy on creative industries, but a recent GAO study (.pdf) concludes that quantifying the economic effects is difficult, if not impossible.

Protecting Personal Data in the EU

- Organizations should assess the enforcement risks in the countries in which they are operating and focus resources, experts say.

EU Wants to Try Again on Data-Sharing Agreement with the United States

- European Union interior ministers want to negotiate a new agreement on sharing bank data with U.S. counterterrorism investigators, after the European Parliament struck down an interim deal earlier this month, according to EUobserver.com.

Intellectual Property Rights Advocates Running Amok?

- Open Source Software (OSS) is software developed collaboratively by people willing to share the code free of charge. The owners of the code do not object to its use, but some groups want use of OSS treated as piracy because they say it creates a mind-set that might lead to intellectual property theft.

Numbers

- 60 The percentage of enterprises that do not believe their existing security controls can adequately protect sensitive information on company databases. The survey, by Enterprise Strategy Group, polled 175 organizations with 1,000 or more employees.

Investing in Privacy

- Barclays Bank PLC launched a comprehensive data privacy program after a government report cited them for leaving customers' personal data in waste bins outside of their facilities.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Data Protection

- A bill (S. 139) that would require that companies notify consumers if their personally identifiable information has been accessed has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Under the bill, companies that possess such data would be required to disclose any data breach.

Testing Company Aces Data Privacy and Security

- The organization that owns the GMAT standardized exam shows how even small organizations can give customers data privacy protections.  

U.S. Trade Rep Looking for Intellectual Property Offenders

- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is calling on the public to help identify foreign governments that have not lived up to their obligations to protect U.S. intellectual property rights.

Intellectual Property Protection

- The Government Accountability Office examined the intellectual property protection efforts in Thailand, China, and India. Read the report here.

Protecting Intellectual Property Worldwide

- China, India, and Thailand are not doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property rights, reports the Government Accountability Office.

Data Security

- Two government agencies have issued regulations governing when healthcare providers must notify customers of data breaches. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an interim final rule requiring that healthcare providers and other entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to promptly notify individuals whose information is disclosed in a data breach when more than 500 people are affected. The media and the HHS must also be notified. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final regulation that serves as a companion to the HHS interim final rule. The FTC rule applies the data breach notification requirements to vendors of personal health records not covered by HIPAA.
 




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