Published: May 19, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), the long-proposed legislation that establishes a federal trade secrets law.  The DTSA amends the Economic Espionage Act — which currently only provides for criminal charges for trade secret misappropriation — to create a federal private civil cause of action.  Previously, private civil cases of trade secret misappropriation have been purely a matter of state law. 

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