Trade Secrets

Patents Or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please.

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Most energy companies implement Intellectual Property strategies to protect and exploit company IP and navigate third-party rights.

A Development In Trade-Secret Cases

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The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, reported on these pages here and here, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court.


The energy industry is increasingly a mobile (not Mobil, pun intended) enterprise, where foremen, floor-hands, roughnecks and drillers use smartphones and tablets throughout the workday. These devices contain vital information – including confidential data – about everything from codes to operate heavy machinery and geological studies about untapped reservoirs of natural gas and oil to intellectual property about a… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

The Bureau of Land Management contends that its new rules are consistent with state regulations and industry standards, but stakeholders believe that the rules are unnecessary or simply miss the mark.

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Chesapeake Energy Corp on Tuesday alleged that its founder and former chief executive, Aubrey K. McClendon, stole confidential company data during his tenure prior to launching his new oil and gas empire. “McClendon, 55, “misappropriated highly sensitive trade secrets from Chesapeake” and “subsequently used these trade secrets for the benefit of” a company he founded in 2013, American Energy Partners… Keep reading →

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Former Chesapeake Energy Chairman and CEO Aubrey McClendon is back in the news for allegedly stealing corporate secrets on his way out the door in 2013. McClendon is famous for founding Chesapeake and embracing new drilling technology that helped make the company one of the largest US natural gas producers. However, conflicts of interest began… Keep reading →


Wyoming state regulators have reached an agreement with oil and gas industry officials for greater public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. In 2010, Wyoming became the first state to require companies disclose the chemicals used in fracking to regulators, but the information did not have to be released to the public. The new… Keep reading →