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The New Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA): Notable Provisions and Strategic Considerations

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) cleared the House by a 410-2 vote on April 27, 2016. The Senate passed the measure on an 87-0 vote earlier this month, and the DTSA is now headed to the White House for President Obama’s...more

Litigation Alert: Congress Overwhelmingly Approves the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” Paving the Way for Federal Jurisdiction...

Trade secrets law is poised to become federalized. After years of unsuccessful efforts to create a federal cause of action for trade secret theft, Congress has now passed The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.B. 1890). On...more

President Expected to Sign New Federal Trade Secret Law

After years of debate and multiple versions proposed, withdrawn, revised and debated by both Houses of Congress, legislation that would for the first time federalize trade secrets law is headed to the White House for...more

Trade Secrets Going Federal

Yesterday, in an overwhelming 410-2 bipartisan vote, the US House of Representatives passed the Hatch-Coons Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which would for the first time federalize trade secrets law and provide uniformity...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Protections for Employers

Both the U.S. Senate and House have passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and it is expected to be signed by President Obama in short order....more

Congress Finally Agrees: Passes Federal Trade Secrets Act

After years of legislative fits and starts, the U.S. House of Representatives on April 27, 2016, passed a bill federalizing trade-secret law. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in short order. Titled the “Defend...more

U.S. Congress Creates Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

For the first time in this nation’s history, the U.S. will have a federal trade secrets law that allows private citizens to enforce their trade secrets and sue for damages. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Passed – Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

Congress just passed a major revision to U.S. trade secrets law, with enactment upon the President’s signature likely in early May. Entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), the legislation creates for the first...more

Landmark Federal Trade Secrets Legislation on Its Way to President Obama for Signature

As technology accelerates and electronic information theft becomes more difficult to detect and prevent, vigilant companies constantly look for ways to protect the trade secrets they consider their “crown jewels.” The passage...more

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of...more

Public Employer May Not Retaliate Against Employee Based on Perception that He Engaged in Political Activity

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employee could sue his employer for retaliation where the employer demoted him for engaging in constitutionally-protected political activity, even though the employer was...more

Supreme Court: Government Employer’s Incorrect Belief About Employee’s Activity Matters in First Amendment Analysis

A government employer can violate an employee’s constitutional rights by acting based on incorrect information that, if true, would violate the U.S. Constitution, even though the employee was not actually exercising his or...more

Congress Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will effectively federalize trade secrets law. President Obama, a supporter of the legislation, has indicated he will sign the Bill, which...more

Landmark Trade Secret Law Establishes New Rights and Remedies

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 aims to modernize and strengthen trade secret law. The most significant trade secret reform in decades is about to become law. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) will...more

Dawning of New Era in Trade Secrets Litigation

Both houses of Congress have now approved a bill (the Defend Trade Secrets Act) that would create a federal civil cause of action for trade secrets misappropriation—a sea change for claims previously subject only to state...more

Wave of Federal Trade Secret Decisions Soon to Hit State Courts

Late yesterday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute that creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The new statute, called the Defense of Trade Secrets...more

Down the Road Towards Federalization of Trade Secrets Claims

On April 27, 2016, by a vote of 410 to 2, the House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “Act”). The Act passed the Senate earlier this month and is now headed to the President for his anticipated signature. If...more

Full House Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 27, the full House of Representatives passed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“the Act”) by an overwhelming vote of 410-2. As we have previously blogged, the Act is likely to be signed by the president and...more

New Federal Law May Be Employers' Strongest Weapon Against Trade Secret Theft

Until now, employers with trade secrets stolen by former employees had to rely upon uneven, hit-or-miss state laws to protect their intellectual property and confidential information. Enter the Defend Trade Secrets Law of...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Soon to Become Law

Billions of dollars in losses are attributed to trade secret theft each year. In response, and with vast bipartisan support, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) on April 27, 2016. The President is expected to...more

Supreme Court Update: Bank Markazi V. Peterson (14-770) And Heffernan V. City Of Paterson (14-1280)

After the deluge of cases last week, the Court took a breather and issued only one decision this week. However, eagle-eyed Update aficionados may remember that we still owe you one decision from last week. With that in mind,...more

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by...more

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets

Late yesterday, in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets. The legislation, which...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Moves to President for Signature

One week after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to the House floor, the full House approved the bill, 410-2. The two no votes were from tea party Republicans, Rep....more

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Heading to White House: What You Should Know Now

Congress has finally passed the anticipated Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill, which is now on its way to the White House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, will be effective immediately once it...more

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