Trade secrets are like pie recipes, a California appeals court ruled Thursday. If a baker has stolen a pie recipe, it doesn't make the pie eater liable for trade secret theft. The simile was applied to Silvaco Data Systems' aggressive effort to extend liability to customers of a company that stole its trade secrets. Silvaco had sued a slew of chip makers, including Intel, that bought software from Circuit Semantics Inc., after winning an injunction that barred CSI from using the disputed code.
Intel Off Hook for Buying 'Tainted' Software
April 30, 2010