Two Cases Showing Departed Employees Stealing IP Data: eDiscovery Best Practices

Hey, I remember these cases!  I covered them both last year!  When it comes to departed employees stealing IP data, this article from Compliance uses these two cases to illustrate what you can do if you suspect that a departing employee has stolen important data from your organization.

In their recent article Here are Two Cautionary Cases of Departed Employees and Potential Theft of IP Data, Compliance briefly recaps two cases.  The first case, you’ve probably heard a lot about as it’s been covered by many people in eDiscovery over the past few months.  The second case is more obscure, but just as important.  Here are the cases:

WeRide Corp. v. Huang et al.: In this case, the plaintiffs alleged that their former CEO solicited former employees after he was terminated, including the former Head of Hardware Technology, who allegedly downloaded significant amounts of data from the plaintiffs’ servers and his company laptop and allegedly also solicited plaintiff employees.

QueTel Corp. v. Abbas: In this case, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant, who was a former employee of the plaintiff, misappropriated source code from the plaintiff’s copyrighted software for the defendants’ competing software.

So, what happened in those cases of departed employees stealing IP data?  What did they do to attempt to cover their tracks and how did that impact the case?  And what can your organization do to quickly determine if your important IP data has been stolen?  The answers to these questions (and more) are available in their article here.  And please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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