In May 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), marking the first time trade secret owners could initiate a federal remedy in federal courts to seek protection of their trade secrets.
Previously, trade secret owners were typically limited to the protections afforded by their state’s version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and were thus restricted to state court in most instances. Now, trade secret owners have the added option of filing suit in federal court under a federal law trade secrets have been stolen or misappropriated.
In addition to providing a federal forum to litigate the theft of trade secrets, the DTSA also provides several tools and provisions for trade secret owners.
Employers should review employment agreements to ensure they are in compliance with DSTA if they:
Without proper compliance with DTSA, employers forfeit the right to use the Act’s full force against those who misappropriate trade secrets.
Our attorneys are familiar with the DTSA and its provisions. With swift, detailed advice based on experience, we can efficiently update your employment agreements to ensure DTSA compliance without rewriting the agreement in its entirety.
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