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California bakery settles intellectual property infringement suit

If you drive along the coast for a little more than 100 miles north of San Diego, you will come to a little slice of Hawaii. You can a bit of the island’s cuisine in Torrance, home of King’s Hawaiian bakery. The company was founded in Hawaii back in the 1950s, but moved its headquarters to California in the late 1980s.

University of California deep in dispute over gene-editing IP

On one side, you have the University of California. On the side, there’s Harvard and MIT’s Broad Institute. The intellectual property dispute involving some of the nation’s premier institutes of higher learning revolves around the question of which of them will reap the rewards of their work together that resulted in CRISPR/Cas 9 discoveries.

Qualcomm fighting accusations of intellectual property monopoly

Qualcomm employs about 13,000 people in San Diego County, among its 38,000 workers worldwide. Its economic impact on our city is undeniable, which underscores the significance of the allegations hurled by the US Federal Trade Commission against the chipmaker.

Scientist prevails in tech trade secrets lawsuit

One of the most important safeguards of trade secrets is to be found in our court system. The U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently awarded more than $2.3 million to a technology company owner whose trade secrets in electrode design and development were "willfully and maliciously misappropriated" by the founder of the now-shuttered General Capacitor.

California IP lawsuit: Backpack Kid moves to protect his Floss

It was a star-studded night on “Saturday Night Live.” Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson appeared, as did Scarlett Johansson and Alec Baldwin. Singer Katy Perry was there, too, backed by an unknown 15-year-old wearing a backpack and doing his hypnotic, signature Floss dance.

Intel files trade secret theft lawsuit

The memory technology known as 3D XPoint is so promising that Intel Corp. has put more than $1 billion into its development. But details of the secret project were known to only a few employees in the technology giant headquartered in northern California.

IP protection of all that glitters

It can be easy to casually overlook the hard work, artistry and creative originality that makes jewelry beautiful, desirable and marketable. We sometimes admire a dazzling piece on a friend’s finger or neck and get caught up in the gleam of precious gems or lustrous metals.

Part II: Twisting, turning tale of alleged trade secrets theft

Regular readers of our San Diego legal blog know that we recently shared the first half of the story of former Google employee Anthony Levandowski, who helped the company develop self-driving car technology. When he left the California tech giant, however, Levandowski was accused of taking propriety information with him and was the focus of trade secret litigation.

Part I: Twisting, turning tale of alleged trade secrets theft

Seven years ago, a rumor of the imminent corporate demise of one of Google’s most talented engineers began percolating at the self-serve espresso bars in the company’s 3,000,000-square-feet California headquarters. A robotics expert, he was one of the employees spearheading Google’s self-driving car research.

Understanding two major developments in IP litigation

Intellectual property—in the United States and throughout the world—is one of today’s most challenging and exciting fields. The world of intellectual property law is complex, exhilarating and ever-changing. As technology continues to evolve, so does intellectual property litigation. In our global economy, there is a constant battle to develop new intellectual property, which comes with numerous legal implications.

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