Intellectual Property Keyed to Merges
Kewanee Oil Co. v. Bicron Corp
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Kewanee Oil Co. (Plaintiff) brought a diversity action seeking injunctive relief and damages for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The district court applied Ohio state law and granted a permanent injunction against the disclosure of twenty of the claimed forty trade secrets until such time as the trade secrets had been released to the public. The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed, holding that state trade secret protection was preempted by operation of the federal patent law. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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