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Federal Trade Secrets Protection — Finally Something Both Parties Can Agree On

In recent months, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in Congress providing for a Federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation — the Defend Trade Secrets Act , introduced in the Senate in April, and the Trade...more

Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage

On April 29, 2014, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the former Chairman and a current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Defend...more

New Federal Trade Secret Protections on the Horizon?

Conspicuously absent in the quiver of arrows available to a business looking to take action against someone who has misappropriated or is threatening to misappropriate its trade secrets is a federal cause of action for...more

Give And Take: Lofgren’s Twin Trade Secret Bills Would Curtail Actions Under One Law, Expand Them Under Another

When Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the Silicon Valley Democrat, introduced a pair of bills last month on trade secret misappropriation, we puzzled over her purpose. ...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Obama Administration...

Since President Obama entered the White House in 2009, his administration has undertaken a number of steps toward stricter policing of international trade secret misappropriation. Those efforts reached a turning point early...more

Obama Administration Reports on Efforts to Prevent Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Obama Administration issued a Report earlier this month, entitled "Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets," that sets forth its efforts to prevent trade secret misappropriation. The Report...more

IP Alert: White House Launches Effort to Curb Trade Secret Misappropriation

On February 20, 2013, the White House issued a report outlining a new plan to combat trade secret theft from U.S. businesses. Faced with the escalating theft of U.S. trade secrets and noting “the crucial role of trade...more

The Rising Threat Of Trade Secrets Theft

One of the drawbacks of a global economy is the rise in trade secret theft. In the absence of a seamless global enforcement infrastructure foreign actors have had little fear of being caught and suffering any consequences. ...more

Congress Raises the Stakes for Theft of Trade Secrets with Passage of Two New Laws

The old adage that crime does not pay rings particularly true in the aftermath of two pieces of recent legislation aimed at raising the penalties for trade secret theft: the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act and the...more

Amendments to the Economic Espionage Act Broaden Trade Secret Protection

Protecting and enforcing trade secrets in the United States has historically been challenging. Recent amendments to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (the "EEA"), which criminalizes theft of trade secrets, broaden the scope...more

Congress Acts To Strengthen Federal Trade Secret Protection

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, (the TTSCA), S. 3642, which broadens the scope of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. Sections 1831-39)....more

New Federal Statute Strengthens Trade Secret Protection

Trade secret protection expanded to include products or services "used in or intended for use in interstate or foreign commerce." On December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets...more

President Obama Signs into Law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act. The Act amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) and expands the jurisdiction of federal courts over cases concerning...more

"Recent Amendment to the Economic Espionage Act Extends Protection Against Misappropriation"

On December 28, 2012, President Obama enacted the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012. The Act clarifies the scope of Section 1832 of the Economic Espionage Act and attempts to reverse the Second Circuit’s recent...more

Are Your Trade Secrets at Risk? -- Queue the Economic Espionage Act

Your company terminates the employment of a highly skilled computer programmer who then attempts to sell the source code for your proprietary training software to a foreign entity. What would your company do?...more

Second Circuit Reverses Economic Espionage Conviction, Then Steps Back

This blog has previously covered the arrest, prosecution and trial of Sergey Aleynikov, the former employee and computer programmer of the Goldman Sachs Group accused and convicted of misappropriating computer source code...more

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