Trade Secret Law Goes Federal: The Defend Trade Secrets Act

by John Roberts on May 13, 2016

Innovators of all types, from independent inventors to large corporations, rely on trade secrets to safeguard their creativity, gain competitive advantage, and further their business goals. But until this week, trade secrets were protected civilly only by state law, and those laws varied slightly state-by-state. Congressional passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and the signing of the bill by the President this week, strengthens U.S. trade secret protection for U.S. companies and innovators, allowing trade secret owners to now have the same access to federal courts long enjoyed by the holders of other types of IP.

Read more in the opinion editorial by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, “Protecting America’s Secret Sauce: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law,” in The Huffington Post.

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