dollarThe United States District Court for the District of Utah Central Division has issued permanent injunctions and issued a judgment for approximately $9.7 in a case dealing with theft of trade secrets.

Clearone Communications alleged that two individuals appropriated computer code known as “honeybee code” in violation of an asset purchase agreement and in violation of an employment agreement.  Wideband Solutions, a company in which the individuals participated, received the purloined code and licensed the code to Biamp Systems.

After a jury trial, the Court found for plaintiffs.  Applying the Utah version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Court awarded actual damages and punitive damages to Clearone and issued injunctions against the defendants.  Defendants Wideband and Biamp have announced their intent to appeal.

— Robert J. Yarbrough, Esq.