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Competitors in the Courtroom: When to Exclude a Party’s Designated Representative from Hearing a Competitor’s Trade Secrets

“You sued them. They stay, period.” This is the conclusion a Texas trial court came to when asked to exclude the designated representative of a party from a hearing where an employee of the other party, a direct competitor,...more

Take Notice (And Give Notice!): The “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (DTSA) Requires Immediate Employer Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating the first federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. One provision of the DTSA requires immediate action by...more

New Federal Trade Secret Act: What Businesses Need To Know

Trade secrets are the oldest form of intellectual property and, unlike patents, trademarks and copyrights, the value of a trade secret arises from others not knowing the secret. Companies such as Coca-Cola, WD-40, Heinz 57,...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act is Enacted

In late April, Congress approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA” or the “Act”) with over-whelming bipartisan majorities. President Obama signed DTSA into law on May 11, and it takes effect immediately. First...more

Civil Seizure to Dominate Litigation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

With a stroke of the pen, President Obama signed into law the first-ever federal trade secrets regime, opening federal courthouse doors to all trade secrets litigants. While federal subject matter jurisdiction is widely...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Business Owners Need to Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016. It became effective immediately. The DTSA — which amends the Economic Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. § 1831) — establishes a federal...more

Client Alert: New Federal Trade Secrets Law Brings Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law. The Act amends the existing Economic Espionage Act, but more importantly, it creates for the first time a federal civil cause of action to...more

How the Recently Passed Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Affects Your Business

Recently, U.S. Congress passed the landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which will now make its way to the desk of President Obama, who has already voiced his support and indicated that he intends to sign the...more

Just When Your Handbook Thought it Was Safe to Go Back In the Water: The Impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act on Employers

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a 410-2 vote, the DTSA previously passed the Senate with an 87-0 vote. The DTSA provides employers with federal jurisdiction...more

The New Federalization of Trade Secret Law – What You Should Know About the DTSA

In Depth - On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) officially became law, thereby creating, for the first time, a federal private civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The...more

Newly Enacted “Defend Trade Secrets Act” Requires Notice Provision to Be Added to Future Confidentiality Agreements to Preserve...

As you may have heard, on May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). This is a significant and comprehensive law that now allows holders of trade secrets to pursue civil...more

Trade Secrets Going Federal: President Obama Signs into Law Landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act Requiring Immediate Action by All...

On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law the groundbreaking Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which for the first time creates a federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation and provides uniformity (and...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - Client Advisory

This week, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law. Widely described as the most significant expansion of federal intellectual property law in years, the DTSA creates a new federal cause of...more

Third Try is a Charm - Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 Enacted Into Law

For the third consecutive year, Congress introduced legislation to create a civil federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Unlike previous years, the identical Defend Trade Secrets Act (“the DTSA”) was...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Federalizing Trade Secret Law

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the legislation following the Senate’s earlier unanimous approval of the...more

New Protections for Trade Secrets

On Wednesday afternoon this week, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. The Act passed unanimously in the Senate and nearly so in the House. The President has been a proponent of the Act and...more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Today President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which is one of the most noteworthy expansions of federal intellectual property law since at least the American Invents Act (AIA) in 2011 and perhaps...more

Protecting Fashion through Copyrights: The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Cheer Uniform Designs Are Protectable

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will address the issue whether apparel can be protected by copyright law—a question described by the petitioners in the case as “the single most vexing, unresolved question...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Federal Trade Secret Cause of Action with Enhanced Seizure Remedies; Employers Should Give Notice...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which immediately creates, for the first time ever, a federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA adds a federal...more

President Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act into Law

On May 11, 2016, the President signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating the first federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation. Last month, the Senate unanimously passed the bill, S....more

Intellectual Property Alert: Obama Signs Law Allowing Trade Secret Owners to Sue in Federal Court

Yesterday, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), enacting a federal trade secrets law. Much of the law existed under the federal Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA). However, for the first time, the...more

It's No Secret: Employment & Federal Considerations in New Trade Secrets Law

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The result of rare bipartisan support, the DTSA was passed unanimously by the Senate and by a 410-2 vote by the House last month. It...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: A New Era in Intellectual Property Protection

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA"), creating a federal private civil action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA does not preempt state law but provides an...more

"New Federal Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law"

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA, or Act) into law. The DTSA, among other things, amends the Economic Espionage Act to create, for the first time, a federal private civil...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Trade Secrets Receive Uniform Federal Protection - Hedge Up: A Heads-Up on Employment...

If you read one thing… - A new federal law provides a cause of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. - The statute provides significant new remedies, including potential royalties for the misuse...more

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