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Defend Trade Secrets Act Contains New Immunity Notification Requirements for Employers

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016, creates a new private civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation. Prior to the DTSA, trade secret...more

The New Federal Trade Secrets Law: What You Need to Know

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. This is the first federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation. The key aspects to this new law are...more

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act - Immediate Implications for Businesses That Utilize Employment Agreements and Contracts To...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which provides uniform federal protection for trade secrets and confidential business information. The DTSA received bi-partisan...more

New Federal Law Governs Trade Secrets

President Obama has signed the Defend Trade Secrets Law of 2016 into law, effective May 11, 2016. As discussed in detail in our April 28, 2016 Legal Alert, the law provides a new, uniform federal civil remedy to trade secret...more

Connecting the Dots with DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was signed into law by President Obama on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. This new act is the final piece of the federal law puzzle regarding intellectual property protections. Until...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: A Powerful Tool for Protecting ‘Secret Sauce’ Comes With Affirmative Obligations

On May 11, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, which was passed as part of a bipartisan effort in the House and Senate. The new law, which is an amendment to the DTSA first enacted in 2012,...more

President Obama Signs Law Providing Federal Trade Secret Protections

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), providing a federal civil cause of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage Act. Both the Senate...more

Implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which among other things creates a federal civil right of action for trade secret misappropriation and provides immunity, under certain...more

What Does The Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean For Employers?

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act which had been overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 27, 2016, after having previously been passed by the Senate. The Act...more

DTSA Expands Federal Protections for Confidential Business Information, Imposes New Notice Requirements on Employers

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA"), significantly expanding the federal government's role in protecting confidential business information, and imposing new notice...more

Employers Should Give Immediate Attention to the New Federal Trade Secrets Act

Less than five weeks after federal trade secret legislation cleared the Senate, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has been signed into law by President Obama, effective today. The new law will have immediate effects on...more

President Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act: Tips for Navigating the New Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new federal civil cause of action is now available to trade secrets owners seeking to pursue claims of trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). To take full advantage of...more

Congress Creates Federal Private Right of Action for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

Parties will now be able to bring a lawsuit in federal court to protect their trade secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which was passed by Congress on April 27, 2016, and signed into law on May 11, 2016. By...more

Misread Signs: U.S. Supreme Court Finds Employer’s Mistaken Belief about Employee Supports Retaliation Claim

Is it still retaliation if your boss fired you for something you didn’t actually do? In Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court said yes—your boss’s mistake does not get him off the hook for the...more

5 Keys To Federal DTSA

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The DTSA essentially federalizes trade secrets law by creating sweeping civil remedies and penalties for theft of trade secrets. Here are five...more

Making a Federal Case Out of Trade Secret Misappropriation

It’s official. Defying all odds, the Senate and House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) with bipartisan support and President Obama signed it. Now what?...more

BREAKING: President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act Into Law

Yesterday, as anticipated, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law, wrapping up a lengthy bipartisan effort to bring trade secrets under federal system law. Some observed that the fact that...more

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Applies to Independent Contractors, Too – Including the Notice Provisions!

Earlier yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which the Senate and House passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. While the impetus for the new law has been trade secret theft by...more

President Obama Signs the Federal Trade Secrets Act Into Law

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The White House had previously expressed support for this law by stating that “Effective protection of trade secrets promotes innovation...more

New Federal Law Affords Employers with a New Way to Protect Their Valuable Trade Secrets

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which passed the U.S. Congress last month. Under this new law, an owner of a trade secret may bring a civil action in federal court for...more

What Employers Need to Know About New Federal Law Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which the Senate and House passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The DTSA will fill a large hole in the law of trade secrets. In the past,...more

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act into Law

President Obama today signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which provides for the first time a federal civil private right of action for trade secret misappropriation, placing trade secrets on par with...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act – Coming to a Federal Court Near You

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA”), the first of its kind at the federal level, has been passed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Now, the DTSA merely awaits President Obama’s expected signature to...more

Demotion Based on Mistaken Belief Deprives Public Employee of Constitutional Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Case Involving Political Campaigning Accusations - A government agency violated the constitutional rights of an employee who was demoted based on the mistaken belief that he violated the...more

Understanding The Defend Trade Secrets Act

With its passage by the House of Representatives, the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA" or "Act") has now cleared both houses of Congress and will be sent to President Obama for his approval. Where trade secrets were once...more

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