Congress Passes Bill Creating Federal Cause Of Action For Trade Secret Misappropriation

Fitzpatrick Case Update
April 26, 2016

On April 26, 2016 the United States House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), putting the bill before President Obama, who is expected to sign it within days. DTSA creates a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and an ex parte mechanism for civil seizures when necessary to prevent dissemination.  In order to bring a federal action under the Act, the trade secret must be related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce.

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