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Trade Secret Case Against Datel Dismissed

On February 6, 2015, Jeff and Jason secured another quick and efficient victory for their clients in a case involving claimed damages of $30 million–despite facing a Fortune 100 company represented by an AmLaw 100 law firm.

In 2014, Hewlett-Packard Company sued Datel Holdings Ltd. and four of its subsidiaries for trade secret misappropriation. HP claimed that Datel acquired an ST Micro Development Kit without permission and used it to crack the security on chips used in HP 930 and 950 series ink cartridges.

On behalf of Datel, Jeff and Jason filed a motion to dismiss HP’s complaint. In the months that the motion was pending in the Northern District of California, Jeff and Jason worked with Datel to respond to information requests from HP and to pursue information from HP, ST Micro, and other parties believed to have misinformed HP about the nature of Datel’s legitimate reverse engineering work. Faced with this information and the pending motion to dismiss, HP voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit without any settlement or consideration from Datel.

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