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For the first time ever, a full fragrance formula will be published and given out to visitors along with the fragrance at an exhibition in the European Parliament from January 31st to February 2nd 2012.

This will be a unique opportunity to actually contemplate a genuine full fragrance formula. Formulae have traditionally been a closely guarded secret and are an important piece of intellectual property for the fragrance industry.

Incentives to innovate, particularly within the European Union, have been weakened not only by piracy in Asia and other rapidly developing economies, but also by inconsistent trade secret protection offered by EU Member States' legislation in this area.

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In 2009, the former employees were convicted of stealing NCsoft trade secrets following a lawsuit in Korea. In 2010, they were barred from using proprietary NCsoft information, and ordered to pay damages to their former employer, although the damages ruling was overturned during the appeals process. Bluehole employees are appealing the other rulings.

Despite the legal proceedings, Tera launched in Korea last year, and is slated for a U.S. release in May. NCsoft's suit seeks damages and temporary and permanent injunctions to block the release of Tera in the U.S.

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Case of clean-tech theft simmers in Washington ahead of China talks

By: Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter

Devens, Mass.-based American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) is accusing China's Sinovel Wind Group, the world's second-largest wind turbine maker, of stealing valuable trade secrets, copying protected software used for controlling turbines and canceling purchase agreements with the U.S. technology company.

Tied up in Beijing courts, the episode has the makings of industrial sabotage if the allegations are true, including that Sinovel had agreed to pay $1.7 million to a 38-year-old former AMSC employee based in Austria to funnel detailed trade secrets to China. It also ties into a political narrative in the United States, where business groups have pressed Washington to address concerns about Chinese piracy that range from intellectual property theft to hacking computers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Rounding Up the 10 Biggest IP Litigation Wins of 2011

By: Jan Wolfe
Corporate Counsel

Intellectual property litigation may be recession-proof. According to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, patent holders brought 2,892 U.S. infringement lawsuits in 2010--an increase of more than 5 percent over the year before. Similarly, the number of reported trade secrets cases increased by 13 percent in 2010, according to research by blogger Russell Beck, a partner at the Boston law firm Beck Reed Riden. Another recession-proof phenomenon is Apple Inc., known lately for must-have mobile gadgets--and now, apparently, for employing legions of IP lawyers in its battle to take down Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

In light of the ever-increasing importance of IP to not just Apple, but seemingly every modern business, Corporate Counsel presents this list of the top ten IP litigation wins of 2011.

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Cypress drops trade secrets suit against Maxim

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said Friday (Jan. 13) it dropped a trade secret lawsuit against Maxim Integrated Products Inc.

The suit had charged Maxim with trying to gain access to Cypress's touchscreen intellectual property by targeting key Cypress employees. Cypress said it dropped the lawsuit "without prejudice" so it could be filed again if necessary.

Cypress (San Jose, Calif.) said it dropped the suit because Maxim was unsuccessful in hiring Cypress employees and making inroads into the touchscreen market.

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Ex-Dow Scientist Gets 5-Year Term for Trade Secret Theft

By: Andrew Harris

A former Dow Chemical Co. research scientist was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing trade secrets and selling them to Chinese companies.

The sentence against Wen Chyu Liu, also known as David W. Liou, was handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A jury in February convicted Liu of perjury and conspiring to steal Dow trade secrets. He was indicted in 2005.

Liu, 75, of Houston worked for Dow from 1965 to 1992. At its Plaquemine, Louisiana, facility he had access to secrets related to the manufacture of chlorinated polyethylene or CPE, used in the making of vinyl siding, electrical cable jackets and industrial hoses, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement today.

"The technology that Mr. Liou was convicted of stealing belonged to Dow," the Midland, Michigan-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. "Because of his education and position within the company, Mr. Liou knew of its immense value."

Apple loses bid to seal trade secrets in Psystar suit

By Daniel Eran Dilger

US federal District Judge William Alsup has denied Apple's effort to seal information related to its copyright infringement case against Psystar, ruling that it is not a protectable "trade secret" because it has already been widely published.

Apple attempted to seal information related to the Psystar case as a "trade secret," likely to prevent others from learning how to modify the company's Mac OS X software to enable it to run on unauthorized hardware.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Judge Alsup ruled that the information Apple sought to protect could not be given trade secret protection because "much of it" is already "publicly available by examining the software itself," already published online, or available in print.

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Ex-Dow Scientist Who Stole Secrets Gets 7 Years, 3 Months Prison

By Karen Gullo

(Bloomberg) -- An ex-Dow AgroSciences LLC researcher who stole trade secrets from his former employer to benefit a Chinese university was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison, prosecutors said.

Kexue Huang, 46, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in Indianapolis, according to an e- mailed statement from U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett's office.

Huang, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty in October to economic espionage. He also admitted to stealing trade secrets from the Minneapolis-based grain distributor Cargill Inc., the U.S. Justice Department said in October. Financial losses from his conduct exceed $7 million, the U.S. said.

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