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Dear Doc:   When I joined MegaCorp, I was “asked” (well, told, actually) to sign a nondisclosure agreement that limits what I can do with any trade secrets I may learn while doing my job. That agreement says that I can’t tell a single, solitary soul, and that if I do, MegaCorp will, I guess, […]

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA” or “Act”). The bill was largely uncontroversial (imagine that), passing the Senate by an 87-0 vote and the House by a 410-2 vote. The DTSA is an important piece of legislation.  It is so important that we have decided to focus our […]

  If you have patents or have been involved in patenting, then you have heard about the  difference between design and utility patents.  The explanation probably went something like this: A utility patent protects how a thing does what it does.  A design patent protects the appearance of the thing. And: A design patent cannot […]

The popularity of craft beer increases every year. In 2015, there were 4,144 breweries in the United States.  Pennsylvania was one of 15 states that is home to more than 100 craft breweries. Starting a brewery may be a popular endeavor but it is not simple. There is a thicket of state and federal regulations […]

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Dear Doc: I know that this is not a copyright question, but I have heard that trade secrets are about to get a lot more important. What’s up? Signed, Johnny Rivers Dear Johnny: You hear right.  On April 27, 2016, by a vote of 410-2, the US House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets […]