Seyfarth Shaw Trade Secret partner Robert Milligan wrote an article published in the April 2012 edition of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal. The article contains a list of the top 2011 developments/headlines in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law.
While large jury verdicts and criminal prosecutions garnered a significant amount of attention, there were also a number of significant state and federal court decisions that have altered the landscape of trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law in various jurisdictions. There were also significant legislative efforts to modify trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law in various jurisdictions. These developments and predictions for 2012 trends are discussed in the article, and Robert's top 10 list includes significant state supreme court decisions, expanded role of the international trade commission in preventing foreign trade secret theft, continuing developments in legislation, significant jury verdicts and criminal sentences, emerging areas in social media and cloud computing, applicability of the computer fraud and abuse act in the workplace, forum-selection and choice-of-law provisions, protection for whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for disclosure of company confidential information, trade secret preemption and protection of confidential information and stricter pleading requirements and pre-discovery identification of trade secrets.