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Journalism and politics student at Drake University | Market Research intern at PLUS

Spark Session- The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Mitigating the Risk

The 2017 PLUS Conference will feature a new learning format, Spark Sessions. These fast-paced, 20-minute educational opportunities focus on unique and provocative topics. Attendees will gain critical insight that will inspire new ideas and approaches. 


Andrea Hoeschen HeadshotAndrea Hoeschen will host a Spark Session at the PLUS 2017 Conference called “The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Mitigating the Risk”.

Hoeschen said the session will discuss what businesses should do to take advantage of The Defend Trade Secrets Act’s (DTSA) trade secrets protections. The DTSA gives American companies the chance to take action against misappropriation of important propriety information in federal court. Before the DTSA was enacted, this action could only be taken at the state level, where the laws were different across state lines.

Hoeschen said that even though the law is barely a year old, there has already been significant litigation regarding the law.

This Spark Session will be beneficial to anyone who works with trade secrets or supervises people who work with trade secrets. Hoeschen said it will also be beneficial for attorneys and insurers who advise companies on risk management.

Hoeschen said she hopes people learn how the DTSA can be a tool to protect trade secrets, and how they should manage employees who have access to trade secrets so they can take advantage of those protections.

Attendees “will also position themselves to be able to litigate more effectively and efficiently should litigation be a necessary response to trade secret misappropriation.

Register now for the 2017 PLUS Conference, and learn more about Andrea Hoeschen here.

 

Spark Session: Managing Diverse Cultures in US Litigation

The 2017 PLUS Conference will feature a new learning format, Spark Sessions. These fast-paced, 20-minute educational opportunities focus on unique and provocative topics. Attendees will gain critical insight that will inspire new ideas and approaches. 


O'Meara headshotFrances O’Meara, a managing partner at Thompson Coe, will host a Spark Session at the 2017 PLUS Conference titled “Managing Diverse Cultures in US Litigation.”

The Spark Session will focus on working with people across different cultures during litigation. O’Meara said that witnesses or clients who come from diverse cultural backgrounds may see things from a different perspective, have a different way of dressing or a different way of expressing personality and/or “goodness”, which can make communicating effectively more difficult and can affect how the witness or client is perceived.

The session will be beneficial to any professional who works with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures. O’Meara said the point of the session is for attendees to recognize that these cultural differences exist and learn effective ways to interact and communicate across cultures.

“The takeaway from this 20 minute presentation is to realize and better appreciate potential cultural differences in order to establish better and more effective skills in representing and communicating with the insured, client or litigation witnesses,” O’Meara said.

Learn more about Frances O’Meara here.

Register now for the 2017 PLUS Conference held November 1-3 in Atlanta, GA.

Spark Session: The Evolution of Risks With 3D Printing

The 2017 PLUS Conference will feature a new learning format, Spark Sessions. These fast-paced, 20-minute educational opportunities focus on unique and provocative topics. Attendees will gain critical insight that will inspire new ideas and approaches. 


Zibas headshotJura Zibas will host a Spark Session at the 2017 PLUS Conference called “The Evolution of Risks With 3D Printing.” The session will focus on the use and risks of 3D printing, and will also discuss intellectual property, software and IoT through an interactive case study.

Zibas said the session will teach attendees the importance of  evaluating the risks of 3D technology and using those evaluations as a guide when looking at coverage, claims and underwriting.

One of the challenges with technology is staying ahead of the curve in knowing what’s coming next, Zibas said, especially because the laws don’t always keep up with the rapidly evolving pace of technology.

” I have a case involving search engine optimization.  By the time we finished discovery and a motion to dismiss is filed, several years have passed and the information about search engine optimization we learned was outdated,” Zibas said.

The Spark Session will be helpful for anyone who works with technology, and eye-opening for those who don’t, and may take technology for granted.

“We are in a high paced growth phase where everything has the label SMART, so we everyone needs to understand what risks exist today and what to think about for the future,” Zibas said.

Register now for the 2017 PLUS Conference held from November 1-3 in Atlanta Georgia.

Find out more about Jura Zibas here.