Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory

(California Court of Appeal) – Judgment for plaintiff finding that defendant had misappropriated plaintiff’s trade secrets regarding its digital stamping technology (DST), which was disclosed to defendant during negotiations pursuant to Non-Disclosure Agreement, is affirmed, where: 1) plaintiff did not fail to adequately identify its trade secrets; 2) the trial court did not err in its identification of the misappropriated trade secrets; 3) ideas are protectable as trade secrets; 4) design concepts underlying plaintiff’s DST constitute protectable “information”; 5) substantial evidence supports the trial court’s finding that plaintiff’s DST design concepts had independent economic value and the finding that defendant misappropriated plaintiff’s trade secrets; 6) the trial court properly based its damages award on the reasonable royalty measure of damages, and did not err in awarding prejudgment interest; and 7) defendant has not demonstrated the trial court abused its discretion in basing its fee award on local hourly rates or shown the hourly rates employed by the trial court were unreasonable.