USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Quoted in Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, and Wired

Professor Orly Lobel Quoted in Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, and Wired

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law Orly Lobel

SAN DIEGO (September 16, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Warren Distinguished Professor Orly Lobel was quoted in the article, “Uber argues drivers’ names are ‘closely guarded trade secret,’” in Bloomberg and The Los Angeles Times. 

The articles stated that Lobel said trade secrets law is meant to protect truly proprietary information such as recipes, not information such as licenses that have been issued by the government and are already displayed on vehicles across the city.She said that there is no reason for the government to try to make it harder for workers to jump ship for better jobs, adding, “It’s not a legitimate business interest to just prevent competition.”

She was also quoted in the article, “Levandowski’s Fate May Turn on the Meaning of ‘Trade Secret’” in Wired.

 “There’s danger in creating the signals to employees that they’re always at risk if they move to a competitor,” says Lobel.  “That’s harmful to employees’ rights to choose their own job and the best fit for them, and depressing mobility in markets is harmful for innovation.” 

 Click here to read the full Bloomberg and The Los Angeles Times article.

Click here to read the full Wired article by Aarian Marshall.

About Professor Orly Lobel

 Warren Distinguished Professor of  Law Orly Lobel’s areas of expertise include Intellectual Property, Employment and Labor Law, Government Agencies, Employment Discrimination, and Regulation. She has received numerous awards in recent years including the Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award. Her two latest books have won several prestigious awards.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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