Takeaways Regarding the New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

    View Author May 2016

    President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) (DTSA) into law on May 11, 2016. The DTSA creates the first-ever federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Long the domain of state law, the DTSA’s advent “elevates” trade secrets to the same federal protection historically enjoyed by patents, trademarks/trade dress, and copyrights.

    We have distilled the DTSA’s most important aspects – and omissions – into a distinct set of takeaways of practical use to readers.