Contract Exit Strategies You Never Knew You Had

Perhaps you weren’t able to negotiate a raw material adjustment mechanism and, as luck would have it, a natural disaster causes an unexpected shortage of raw materials and prices go through the roof. Or, maybe you began supplying without fussing over the contract’s capacity obligations because you were just looking to fill your capacity and then, just a few years later, volumes skyrocket and now you’re paying overtime and expedited shipping just to keep up.  Maybe it’s just the opposite – volumes aren’t materializing as estimated and you’re passing up other opportunities to fill your capacity because it’s already committed. Read More

Is Trade Secret Law the Solution for Protecting Autonomous Vehicle Software?

According to some estimates, vehicles sold today include an astounding 100 million lines of computer code. The development of autonomous vehicles will likely see that number grow. Many automotive suppliers have traditionally relied on patents to safeguard key software innovations. However, evolving patent standards may suggest that trade secret law offers an alternative avenue for protecting certain software solutions. Read More

New Federal Legislation Creates Notice Requirement for Confidentiality Agreements

President Obama recently signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. Effective immediately, the DTSA gives some teeth to federal protections by allowing an employer to sue in federal court for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More

Disintermediation: A gateway to the OEMs?

You only have to have one eye open to see that the auto industry is changing faster than at any time in recent history. Consider the onslaught of disruptive technologies and services coming on line: electric vehicles, connected cars, self-driving autonomous cars, “on-demand” vehicles like Uber and Lyft and car-sharing services like Zip car. 
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Is Silicon Valley Moving to Detroit?

Speculation continues about Google, Apple or one of the other Silicon Valley behemoths getting into the car business and manufacturing cars of their own. Read More
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