2021 Trade Secret Summit

2021 Trade Secret Summit

November 8 to 9, 2021


SolarWinds Headquarters

Austin, Texas, United States





Fee: See pricing below

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Please join the AIPLA Trade Secret Committee for the 2021 Trade Secret Summit, which is being held November 8-9, 2021 at the headquarters of SolarWinds in Austin, Texas.

The AIPLA Trade Secret Summit is the leading trade secret conference in the nation, with speakers from across the spectrum of private practitioners, in-house counsel, government, and academia, as well as fantastic networking opportunities. CLE credits will be available and topics this year are expected to include: 

  • Expert Advice: Practical tips for working with experts in a trade secret case.
  • Federal Involvement and Enforcement: Biden’s Executive Order and other federal government regulation and enforcement.  
  • What’s New in Noncompetes and Trade Secrets?: State law updates to noncompete and trade secrets law (including CA).
  • Advanced Trade Secrets Topics (Part 1):  Defining “ownership” of a trade secret or non-patented inventions, including discussion of BioRad-Labs, Inc. v. 10 Genomics Inc., 967 F. 3d 1352 (2020); distinguishing between “confidential information” and “trade secrets.”
  • Advanced Trade Secrets Topics (Part 2): Sufficiently identifying trade secrets in litigation update.
  • Protecting Trade Secrets in a post-COVID-19 World: Trends, traps, and other hot topics for protecting trade secrets in the remote work environment.
  • Don’t Mess with Texas Trade Secrets: Primer on Texas trade secrets and noncompete law plus protecting trade secrets in the oil, gas, and energy industries. 
  • Trade Secrets and Noncompetes For Lawyers: Lawyers can misappropriate trade secrets and breach noncompetes, too. Ethics Credit!  

Registration Rates:

AIPLA Regular Members: $495
AIPLA Solo/Small Firm Members: $395
AIPLA Government/Junior Members $199
AIPLA Student Members: $55
Non-Members: $895

We are pleased to offer discounted rates for corporate practitioners:
In-House Member price: $199
In-House Non-Member price: $399

Corporate Practitioners must register using this Corporate Registration Form to receive discounted rates.

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  • Boushie, Kristopher

    NERA Economic Consulting | Director

    Kristopher Boushie is a Director with NERA Economic Consulting in its Washington, DC office. He has over 30 years of experience consulting and testifying on IP related matters including the analysis and quantification of damages from IP infringement/misappropriation, IP valuation and licensing, and royalty auditing. He is a member of NERA’s IP practice and heads its Trade Secrets Task Force.
  • Lauren Schaefer Lauren Schaefer

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Litigation Associate

    Lauren Schaefer represents corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation. Lauren specializes in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.
  • MelnickDCP200 Melnick, Sue

    Bay Equity | Chief Compliance& Operating Officer

    Sue has worked at Bay Equity LLC since 2008 initially as outside counsel and then in 2012 and since in various roles with increasing responsibility. She is responsible for all mortgage operations for the company which operates in 42 states as an independent mortgage bank, as well as managing the legal department in her role as CCO and COO.
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    Quinn Emanuel | Partner

    Amy Candido, a partner in the San Francisco Office, is an experienced trial lawyer, focusing on high-stakes, complex patent and intellectual property litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • vaughn_-_website_200x200 Vaughn, Jim

    iDiscovery Solutions | Managing Director

    James D. Vaughn, a Managing Director of iDiscovery Solutions (iDS), is a court-recognized expert who has given testimony in nearly 70 cases involving topics such as evidence preservation, documentation of events, and computer forensic methodologies and procedures. In addition to being an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Mr. Vaughn is certified by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).
  • Humphrey Photo Humphrey, Scott

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP | Partner

    Scott Humphrey serves as Chair of the Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition Practice Group and has extensive litigation, arbitration, and counseling experience involving a wide range of complex commercial contract disputes and business torts, including matters arising from trade secret appropriation, breach of restrictive covenants, contract disputes, manufacturing and distribution issues, fraud, and insurance disputes.
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    Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C. | Shareholder

    Benjamin I. Fink, a shareholder in Berman Fink Van Horn P.C., concentrates his practice in business and employment litigation with a particular emphasis on non-compete, trade secret and other competition-related disputes.
  • Pelletier, Dean Pelletier, Dean A.

    Pelletier Law | Founder

    Dean has been practicing IP law for 25 years and focuses on leveraging patents and trade secrets. Dean’s litigation, trial and appellate experience includes experience in federal and state courts and at the ITC.
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    James Pooley PLC | Founder

    James Pooley is one of the world’s foremost experts in trade secret law and management. His legal treatise, “Trade Secrets,” updated semi-annually, is the leading lawyer’s desk reference on the subject. His latest business book is “Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage” (Verus Press, 2015).
  • klapow200 Klapow, Mark

    Crowell & Moring LLP | Partner

    Mark litigates complex commercial, intellectual property, and antitrust cases.
  • Marsh. John 200 Marsh, John

    Bailey Cavalieri LLC | Member

    John’s commercial litigation practice concentrates on trade secrets litigation and the enforcement of non-competes throughout the United States.
  • Brent K. Bersin Photo200x200 Bersin, Brent

    FTI Consulting | Senior Managing Director

    Brent Bersin is a Senior Managing Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment of FTI Consulting.
  • Beck, Russell square200 Beck, Russell

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Founder

    Russell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. He's been cited as an expert on trade secrets and noncompetes by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the White House, the Treasury Department, National Public Radio, PBS, the BBC World News Service, and many others, and was invited to the White House to help develop guidelines for the proper use of noncompetes.
  • Heaven, A200 Heaven, Astor

    Crowell & Moring | Partner

    Astor Heaven is a trial lawyer in Crowell & Moring's Litigation group and is located in the Washington, D.C. office. Astor has tried cases in federal and state court and routinely litigates and arbitrates complex commercial, antitrust, and intellectual property cases in the defense, life sciences, and health care industries. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, Astor brings a unique perspective and discipline to client matters, whether as lead attorney or contributing to a team’s overall success.
  • Weil_Michael_97420_Desktop Weil, Michael D.

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP | Partner

    Michael Weil represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and representative actions asserting multimillion dollars in damages and high stakes noncompete, employee mobility, and trade secrets matters arising from a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail, and financial services, throughout the United States.
  • weibust200 Erik Weibust

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP | Partner

    Erik is co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office Litigation Department. He has a national litigation practice, representing companies of all sizes and in various industries throughout the United States in high-stakes commercial litigation involving theft of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, employee raiding, breach of fiduciary duty and the duty of loyalty, and unfair competition.
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  • 400x200 2021 Report of the Economic Survey Thumb The 2021 Report of the Economic Survey is Here!

    September 22, 2021

    The survey examines the economic aspects of intellectual property law practice, including individual billing rates and typical charges for representative IP law services.
  • CNExamCmts-9-21-21-logo AIPLA Submits Comments Regarding the Draft Revision to the Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)

    September 21, 2021

    On September 21, 2021, AIPLA submitted comments to the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) regarding the Draft Revision to the Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines (Draft for Solicitation of Comments). AIPLA provided comments and suggestions on more than fifteen guidelines outlined in a table format for readability. With respect to patent term compensation due to unreasonable delay at the CNIPA, drug patent term extension, and open license, in addition to seeking various classifications, AIPLA submitted a number of suggestions.
  • AmicusBriefUnicolors-8-10-logo UNICOLORS, INC., v. H&M HENNES & MAURITZ, L.P., Docket No. 20-915, amicus brief filed 8/10/2021

    August 10, 2021

    On August 10, 2021, AIPLA filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Unicolors, Inc., v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L.P. (Case No. 20-915). The brief notes that the Ninth Circuit decision in the case increases the risk to copyright owners in that any erroneous legal conclusions set forth in a copyright application may have draconian repercussions, and if upheld, will likely increase the costs and burdens of copyright litigation. Two courses of action are suggested, including reversing the Ninth Circuit’s decision and recognizing the inherent power of district court judges to determine whether an allegation that a registrant has knowingly included inaccurate facts is reasonably plausible before referring a case to the Register of Copyrights.
  • USPTOFundingLetter-7-29-logo AIPLA Submits Joint Letter Expressing Concern About USPTO Funding in FY 2022

    July 29, 2021

    On July 29, 2021, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) submitted a joint letter to Senators Leahy, Shaheen, Tillis, and Moran expressing concern over resources appropriated to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in FY 2022. The letter asserted that it is imperative for the USPTO to receive access to all its fees, urging passage of a funding measure that reflects the intent of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to fund the USPTO at a level equal to fee collection estimates.
  • PockyAmicus-7-29-logo EZAKI GLICO CO. v. LOTTE INTERNATIONAL AMERICA CORP., Docket No. 20-1817, amicus brief filed 7/29/2021

    July 29, 2021

    On July 29, 2021, AIPLA filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Ezaki Glico Co. v. Lotte International America Corp. (Case No. 20-1817). The brief addresses the Third Circuit’s conclusion that product design trade dress is functional, and therefore not protectable, if it is “useful.” The brief also questions the Third Circuit’s displacement of what remained of the traditional rule with principles of the separate doctrine of aesthetic functionality. Moreover, because trade dress is typically associated with ubiquitous products (especially the trade dress that is copied), it is likely that a trade dress owner would be forced to defend its trade dress in the Third Circuit under the new rule.