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New Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Include Disclaimers in All Confidential Information Agreements

On May 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The new law takes immediate effect and will provide important new federal protections against unauthorized disclosure of...more

Bring Out the Body Bags: Seller’s Covenant, In Asset Sales Agreement, Not To Compete Within 150 Miles For 10 Years Unenforceable

Palmetto bought the assets of Knight Systems’ mortuary transport business. The agreement of purchase and sale included (a) Palmetto’s commitment to buy body bags, at specified discounted prices, exclusively from Knight...more

Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer...more

Employee Non-compete Bill Advancing in Legislature

Legislation limiting employee non-compete agreements in Massachusetts advanced on Monday in the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Co-chaired by Rep. John Scibak and Sen. Dan Wolf, the Committee approved a...more

Pssst, The Secret Is Knowing What You Can’t Do With The Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) became law with President Obama’s signature on May 11, 2016. The DTSA is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, for the first time, affords a federal private right of...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

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates New Federal Claim For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating a federal civil right of action for the theft of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets had been protected only at...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

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take...more

How the New Trade Secrets Law May Affect You

A week ago, on May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the new federal “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.” It arms with substantial new weaponry those whose trade secrets have been taken. What has been less heralded,...more

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets. The new federal right of action for owners...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

Federal Trade Secrets Act Now Law: What Companies Should Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The measure had previously been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 410-2 on April 27, 2016, quickly following the U.S. Senate’s...more

The Auto Industry Has a New Weapon To Protect Its Secrets

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Members of the auto industry spend significant time and money developing trade secrets that give them a competitive advantage....more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What It Is and What It Means for U.S. Businesses

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), establishing for the first time a civil cause of action under federal law for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The legislation recognizes the...more

Time to Review Your Confidentiality Agreements: New Federal Trade Secrets Act Creates Private Right of Action and Imposes New...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA), which establishes a new federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation, is now the law. Trade secrets, the fourth leg of the intellectual property chair, have...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

Maximizing Protections Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act: Confidentiality Agreements Need to be Changed

With President Barack Obama's signature on Wednesday, the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA" or "Act") has now become law. Where trade secrets were once protected only at the state level, the DTSA now federalizes trade secrets...more

Employers Gain New Federal Trade Secret Protections, Must Notify Employees to Obtain Certain Remedies

Until now, employers seeking relief for trade secret misappropriation were limited almost exclusively to state law remedies. With the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on May 11, 2016, employers now have...more

The Brand New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 – What You Need to Know

Victims of trade secret theft now have a federal remedy for trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which President Obama signed into law on May 11, 2016. The DTSA creates a new,...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

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