Daily Briefs

 Preserving trade secret rights is focus of May 13 webinar

The most valuable assets many companies have today are their trade secrets — confidential information about their clients, business and manufacturing processes. 

Up until recently, companies could rely on state law to protect those trade secrets. However, state laws cannot always effectively protect trade secrets in today’s expanding global markets, especially when the threat comes from a foreign company that is beyond the reach of most state and federal courts. Recent cases have created a whole new option for companies seeking to exploit global markets to bring their trade secrets cases in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Butzel Long will host a complimentary webinar titled, “Preserving Your Trade Secret Rights Around the World – Can the ITC Help?” from Noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 featuring firm attorneys who will explain how the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) can help in protecting trade secrets from foreign threats - and what businesses need to know to defend claims in the ITC concerning the products they import.
Presenters include the following Butzel Long attorneys: 

• Joseph Cosby, a seasoned ITC litigator and author based in Butzel Long’s Washington, DC office;

• Phillip Korovesis, whose Detroit-based practice focuses on trade secret and non-compete commercial disputes; and, 

• James Gehrke, a veteran commercial litigator based in Butzel Long’s Washington, DC office who has practiced in the ITC.

Registration is required for this complimentary webinar. To register, visit www.butzel.com/events/. For inquiries, contact Jonathan Spencer at spencer@butzel.com.

State Bar Spring-Board event set for June 5

The State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections will present their Spring-Board event on Thursday, June 5, from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Reserve at Big Rock Chophouse in Birmingham. Join a series of roundtable discussions followed by an evening of networking and complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. This year the seminar will cover “The ABCs of ADR.” Hear from experienced facilitators, mediators, arbitrators, and case evaluators as they share their thoughts on how to maximize your results through effective advocacy. 
Come armed with all of your questions. $50 in advance.

Why the D? Detroit youth offer solutions 

Leaders and residents will hear solutions for critical issues facing Detroit from high school students of the Cody Academy of Public Leadership during a symposium Friday, May 9, at Wayne State University Law School. The event, “Why the D? Detroit Youth Offer Solutions,” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. 
The symposium is free and open to the public.