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From Behind Closed Doors To The Steps Of The Federal Courthouse: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was unanimously passed by the Senate on April 4, 2016, and then by the House Judiciary Committee on April 20, 2016. The House voted to pass the DTSA on Wednesday, April 27, 2016,...more

Protecting Trade Secrets Now Front, Center and National

Most employers understand, in this era where information moves so quickly and critically sensitive commercial information is very easy to move, that protecting trade secrets is more important than ever. In fact, the U.S....more

House of Representatives Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On April 27, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), after it was unanimously passed by the Senate earlier in the month. President Obama is...more

"Defend Trade Secrets Act" - How Will This New Law Affect Your Business?

With a near unanimous (410-2) vote on April 27, 2016, the House passed the “Defend Trade Secrets Act” (“DTSA”). Having already been passed by the Senate (87-0), the legislation advances to President Obama, who has signaled...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2016

Companies seeking to protect their intellectual property should be aware that Congress has created a new federal law designed to prevent the actual and threatened misappropriation of trade secrets. Passed by the House and...more

Congress Enacts Federal Trade Secrets Law

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would protect businesses from the growing threat of trade secrets theft. Under the new legislation, businesses will have a new and powerful option to bring...more

What You Need to Know About Federal Trade Secret Protection

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama is expected to promptly sign. The DTSA has been described as the most significant expansion of federal law in intellectual property...more

House of Representatives Passes the “Defend Trade Secrets Act”

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), sending it to the White House for President Obama’s promised signature. When it is signed into law, the...more

Congress Passes Federal Trade Secret Protection Legislation

Last week in a rare bipartisan move, the House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The Senate approved the bill earlier in April, and President Obama says that he will sign the legislation,...more

FAQs on the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Q: What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) is a new federal law that, once signed by President Obama, will amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and provide a private civil...more

Congress Passes Landmark IP Legislation: Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 28 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which creates a federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation. Enactment into law is virtually certain, as President Obama, a long-time...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Coming To A Federal Court Near You; The Federalizing Of Trade Secret And Post-Employment Conduct...

On April 27, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The vote follows the Senate’s unanimous approval of the bill. President Obama has stated that...more

Trade Secrets on the Brink of Federal Protection

Last week, a major federal law aimed at protecting businesses’ trade secrets overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and appears nearly certain to be signed into law by President Obama. The Defend Trade...more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act About to be Signed into Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 410-2, passed the "Defend Trade Secrets Act" (DTSA). The bill was previously passed by the Senate, and the President is expected to soon sign the...more

Congress Passes Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

Action Item: President Barack Obama is expected to sign a new law that will provide companies with a federal cause of action for trade secret protection claims. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) passed Congress...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act To Be Signed Into Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a vote of 410 to 2. As the DTSA has already passed the Senate by an 87 to 0 vote, the bill now heads to President Obama to...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates Powerful Protection Options

The United States House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, S. 1890 (DTSA) on April 27, 2016, in identical form to that previously passed by the Senate on April 4, 2016. Now that the DTSA has cleared...more

Trade Secrets Finally Get Federal Law Protection

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1890) (DTSA) and sent it to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it into law. The DTSA, which will take effect on the day it is signed,...more

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

UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the House, Passage into Law Expected

As expected, overwhelming support for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 led to its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a 410-2 vote. During the floor debate, one Congressman noted that “Congress has...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

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