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The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: A Federal Private Action for Global Unfair Competition

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Last month, responding to estimated annual losses to foreign thieves of $300 billion of trade secrets and 2.1 million jobs, Congress voted nearly unanimously (Senate 87-0, House 410-2) to enact the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”).

Will the new ex parte seizure provision adapted from anti-counterfeiting law help stem these losses?  Or does the existing Economic Espionage Act of 1996 framework into which DTSA was inserted expose American companies to claims of misappropriation in foreign territory?

Please join us in a hot-off-the-press exploration of opportunities and threats in DTSA’s opening of federal courts to state Uniform Trade Secrets Act “misappropriation” of trade secrets “related to a product or service used in, or intended for use, in interstate or foreign commerce.”


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Cassandra Shavney


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