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MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. v. PRIBYL, 00-3021; 00-2972

Evidence that plaintiff took six years to develop its process, but that the company founded by plaintiff's employees developed a similar process almost immediately, is sufficient for a jury inference that defendants misappropriated plaintiff's trade secrets.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/11/2001
  • Decided 07/25/2001
  • Published 07/25/2001


  • FLAUM, Chief Judge., Before FLAUM, Chief Judge, and BAUER and EVANS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Jon G. Furlow,Michael, Best & Friedrich, Madison, WI, Richard C. Godfrey (argued), Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL, for plaintiff-appellant, 3M., Barry A. Gomberg, Gomberg & Associates, Chicago, IL, Eric Schnapper, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA, for plaintiff-appellant, Shanoff.

  • For Appellees:
  • Frederick J. Sperling, Sondra A. Hemeryck (argued), Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellee, Pribyl, Harvey, Skrtic, Accu-Tech Plastics., Mary E. Welsh (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellee, State of IL.
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