Can confidential discussions between parties in the UK be disclosed in parallel litigation in the US?
The Court of Appeal was divided on this question in AutoStore Technology AS v Ocado Group Plc & Ors  EWCA Civ 1003, which arose as part of proceedings in which AutoStore is suing Ocado for patent infringement.
Discussions between the parties had taken place in 2018, and Ocado became aware that AutoStore intended to deploy information about these discussions before th
This was a complex dispute concerning a claims management database. It involved alleged infringement of a database right, misuse of confidential information and breach of fiduciary duty. It was decided by His Honour Judge Cawson QC, sitting as a judge of the High Court in Manchester, on 19 March 2021. The claim was brought by claims management company DRSP against Thomas O’Connor and Octax Limited. Mr O’Connor worked for DRSP until February 2018, after which he became a consu
Nobody wants their business secrets getting shared. This can happen broadly online or directly to a particular competitor. Both can be very damaging for the business. In fashion businesses, confidential information will often include strategy, factory connections, manufacturing processes or new designs (i.e. intellectual property rights). Remember that if a design has been shared online or registered with an intellectual property office, it is now public and consequently not