eBay, Permanent Injunctions, and Trade Secrets

39 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2019 Last revised: 11 Nov 2019

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Elizabeth A. Rowe

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: July 5, 2019


This Article presents the first qualitative empirical review of permanent injunctions in trade secret cases. In addition, it explores the extent to which the Supreme Court’s patent decision in eBay v. MercExchange has influenced the analysis of equitable principles in federal trade secret litigation. Among the more notable findings are that while equitable principles are generally applied in determining whether to grant a permanent injunction to a prevailing party after trial, the courts are not necessarily strictly applying the four factors from eBay. The award of monetary relief does not preclude equitable injunctive relief, and courts can find irreparable harm even where the loss has been compensated monetarily. Moreover, where injunctions are requested but denied, the lack of irreparable harm seemed to have been the factor most often articulated as the reason for the denial.

Keywords: trade secrets, permanent injunctions, injunction, equitable, relief, remedies, eBay, federal courts, damages, trial, monetary relief, irreparable harm, empirical, intellectual property, patents, misappropriation, litigation, UTSA,DTSA

JEL Classification: k1, k2

Suggested Citation

Rowe, Elizabeth A., eBay, Permanent Injunctions, and Trade Secrets (July 5, 2019). Washington and Lee Law Review, Forthcoming, University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 19-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464910

Elizabeth A. Rowe (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

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