For the second time in a month, Russell Beck was quoted by The New York Times. Russell recently appeared in an article about Uber’s termination of one of its engineers who stands accused of stealing trade secrets from Google. The story is titled “Uber Fires Former Google Engineer at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute.” The article, which appeared in the print edition on May 31, 2017, was written by technology reporters Mike Isaac and Daisuke Wakabayashi.
The story focuses on Uber’s decision to fire one the engineers it hired to lead the company’s self-driving automotive initiative. According to the article, a lawsuit by Waymo alleges that the engineer, Anthony Levandowski, misappropriated trade secrets from Google and that Uber was, in turn, using the trade secrets. The engineer was fired after the court ordered him to provide certain evidence and testimony, and the engineer asserted his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. In the article, Russell Beck describes the rationale for terminating the engineer:
Firing Mr. Levandowski provides Uber “a way to cut off liabilities potentially and highlights that they were not acting willfully,” said Russell Beck, an intellectual property lawyer and founding partner at the Boston law firm Beck Reed Riden.
But firing Mr. Levandowski could mean that he becomes a witness against Uber if he were to claim, for example, that Uber executives looked the other way while he used proprietary information from Waymo to advance Uber’s self-driving car efforts. Uber has repeatedly said that it has developed its autonomous car technology on its own.
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The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.
Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:
Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 750 members around the world
Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm
In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is highly praised by peers, who commend his “impeccable credentials,” in the employment arena, and identify him as an “expert in noncompetition and trade secret laws.”
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