Group14 embroiled in trade secret dispute


Here’s a trade secret case close to home involving Group14 Technologies, a Seattle-based battery company. I posted a couple cases in the past month with similar fact patterns:

Initiate Partnership –> Sign NDA –> Share trade secrets –> Relationship goes south –> Plaintiff claims their trade secrets are showing up in the Defendant patent applications!!

The key learnings from this and similar cases are #1) have the trade secrets well defined internally before it is shared externally and #2) make it crystal clear to the partner that you are treating the information as a trade secret.

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