Request for Proposals: 2017 Trade Secret Law Symposium at Mitchell Hamline

The Intellectual Property Institute of Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Mitchell Hamline’s Cybaris®, an intellectual property law review, are pleased to announce a Trade Secret Law Symposium on April 21, 2017.  The symposium will explore the important trade secret issues of today, and will be followed by a lunch with a keynote speaker and an afternoon of CLE presentations.

MHSL and Cybaris® are seeking abstracts in response to this Request for Proposal for presentations and articles on the topic of trade secret law.  The transcription of all presentations will appear in Cybaris® with presenters given the option to publish a companion article, as well.  Applicants should identify if they prefer presentation only, presentation and paper, or paper only.

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2016:  Deadline to submit proposals
  • Early November 2016:  Notification of accepted applicants
  • January 27, 2017:  Deadline for manuscripts of accepted papers
  • April 21, 2017:  Symposium

Proposal Guidelines

Next Steps

  • Applicants will be notified in early November, if accepted.
  • Manuscripts of accepted papers will be due January 27, 2017.  Papers should be between 15,000 and 25,000 words.

Potential Topics of Interest

With the recent enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and the EU Trade Secret Directive, there are numerous trade secret issues that are worthy of exploration.  Some ideas include:

  1. Lingering trade secret issues under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act;
  2. The interpretation and application of the Defend Trade Secret Act 2016; and
  3. Empirical evidence of trade secret cases and outcomes.