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The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Implications for business, employers and employees

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama promises to sign soon. This proposed legislation, which is designed to be an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, would...more

Change Has Come To Trade Secrets In The United States: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Concerns about trade secret theft have been increasing in recent years and the America Invents Act included provisions that reduced the commercial risks that a business would run by trying to keep inventions as trade secrets...more

What Does the New Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for California Employers?

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) allows companies for the first time to file civil lawsuits for trade secrets theft under federal law if the trade secret is “related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in,...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Trade Secret Protections to Become Law

After several years of consideration of possible civil federal trade secret legislation in Congress, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) passed with significant bipartisan support in the Senate on April 4, 2016...more

House Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law, Obama Expected to Sign

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 410-2 yesterday in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which would allow companies to bring civil actions for trade secret theft under the federal Economic Espionage Act....more

Federal "Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016" Passes in Congress Today: How the DTSA Affects Your Business

Over the past decade, as companies moved into a digital world, so too moved their most valuable assets and proprietary information. As a result, the United States witnessed a significant uptick in data theft and...more

When the Best Defense is a Federal Cause of Action: Trade Secret Owners May Soon Have a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bill S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). If enacted, the DTSA will create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing...more

Federal trade secrets act gains momentum

On April 4, 2016, the US Senate unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, S. 1890 (DTSA), which amends the Economic Espionage Act, 18 USC Section 1831 et seq. The broadly supported bill is intended to provide...more

Update: U.S. Senate Approves the Defendant Trade Secrets Act of 2015

On April 4, 2016, the Senate approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). As we previously reported, the DTSA amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to create a federal private right of action for trade secret...more

Creating Federal Jurisdiction for Trade Secrets Litigation

Federal courts around the country will be granted broad original jurisdiction over virtually all trade secrets litigation if the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA) in the form...more

Proving “Loss” Under the Economic Espionage Act – Not Always Straightforward

The Obama Administration’s focus on criminal trade secret prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) highlights the legal complexities at the murky intersection between criminal and civil jurisprudence in trade...more

Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

Finally a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secrets? Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Passed by Senate Judiciary

On Thursday, January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary passed a voice vote in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. The bill, which was spearheaded by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chris Coons (D-Del), continues the...more

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Meeting About Passage of the DTSA

On January 21, 2016, in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a meeting to consider S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (“DTSA”). The passage of the DTSA would provide a federal civil cause of action...more

Congress Considering Federal Trade Secrets Act

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). If passed, the DTSA would create a federal private right of action for theft of trade secrets....more

Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in United States v. Nosal, Part II

On October 20, 2015, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Round II of United States v. David Nosal. Both sides generally stuck with arguments from their briefs, with Nosal’s counsel arguing that...more

Proposed US and EU Trade Secrets Laws Progress but Unlikely to be Enacted This Year

There’s no doubt that protection of trade secrets is a major concern for most businesses operating in today’s global economy. As we have previously discussed, a few years ago CREATe.org and PwC US released a report that...more

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