The New Era of Trade Secret Law: The DTSA and other Developments

Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be attending the Trade Secret Conference.  While there, she will participate on a panel of experts discussing the recent changes to the law. 

For further information about the program, please email Professor Sharon K. Sandeen, Director of the IP Institute or email Donna Rauch, Program Administrator.  Please register to attend.


Conference Proceedings

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 am–4:30 pm
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

The New Era of Trade Secret Law:  Professor Elizabeth A. Rowe, University of Florida

Trade Secret Enforcement:  The Reach of Extraterritoriality and its Alternatives

Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, New York University
Professor Christoph Rademacher, Waseda University, Japan
Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Professor Nari Lee, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Panel moderated by Professor Sharon K. Sandeen

Valuation of Trade Secrets, presented by Robert Goldman, Charles River Associates

Keynote Speaker:   Kevin Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, 3M Company and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company.

Afternoon session featuring panel presentations, including one-hour of ethics on the obligation of law firms to protect the secrets of their clients:

1A:  The Intersection of Trade Secrets, Patents, and Other IP-Recent Changes in the Law Require a Fresh Look

This panel of experts will  discuss recent changes in 35 U.S.C. §101.

Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
John Thompson, Senior Legal Director, Medtronic Restorative Therapies Group
Hiep Pham, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Honeywell
Kurt J. Niederluecke, Chair of Intellectual Property Litigation at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Michelle E. Dawson, Shareholder, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Panel Moderated by:  Nikola L. Datzov, Senior IP Litigation Associate, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

1B:  Employment Issues:  Protecting Trade Secrets from Internal Threats by Employees

A panel discussion on practical tips for protecting a company’s data from being misappropriated by current/former employees, as well as how a company can avoid claims of misappropriation as a result of conduct by new hires.

Mark Lanterman, Computer Forensic Services
Loren Corle, President, RELCO, LLC
Meghann Kantke, Associate, Gray Plant Mooty

Panel Moderated by:  Meghann Kantke, Associate, Gray Plant Mooty

2A:  Litigating Trade Secret Cases: Early Strategic Considerations

Whether protecting trade secrets or defending against allegations of trade secret misappropriation—preparation is key. A panel of in-house and outside counsel will discuss early considerations to help you prepare for and navigate trade secret litigation.
Eileen Hunter, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at 3M
Randy Kahnke, Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels
Dean LeDoux, Principal at Gray Plant Mooty
David Prange, Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP

Moderated byMolly Littman, Associate at Gray Plant Mooty

2B:  Preventative Trade Secret Issues:  Preventing the Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

A panel of in-house and outside counsel will discuss best practices for the internal identification and protection of a company’s trade secrets and the intersection of preventative efforts with effective litigation strategies.
Anneliese Mayer, Senior Counsel, Merchant & Gould
Kirsten Stone, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, H.B. Fuller
Rachel Zimmerman Scobie, Partner, Merchant & Gould

Panel Moderated by:  Tom Johnson, Partner, Merchant & Gould

3:  Ethics Panel:  Keeping Secrets for Clients

Hear from a panel of experts, including an in-house counsel, about what cybersecurity measures are expected of lawyers.

Eric Cooperstein, Law Office of Eric T Cooperstein, PLLC
Emily Duke, Duke Law Office and CyberSmart Law
Dan Enebo, Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Cargill

Panel Moderated by:  Jeff Brown, Jeffrey C. Brown PLLC