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A Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Bills

A compilation of legislative source documents for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. This legislation created a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.

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114th Congress: Senate

S. 1890 was the vehicle for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 that would become law.  The bill was amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, after which no further amendment were made.

114th Congress: House

H.R. 3326, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, was the companion bill for S. 1890.  Its text was the same as Senate bill.  It was introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  No further action was taken.

113th Congress: Senate

S. 2267, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014,was introduced and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  No further action was taken.  Its ex parte civil seizure provision incorporated that of the Lanham Act by reference.  Its companion bill was H.R. 5233.

113th Congress: House

H.R. 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, was introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  The Commitee amended the bill and reported it to the House Floor.  Nor further action was taken.  However, H.R. 5233 has substantial similarities to S. 1890 and H.R. 3326, the former would eventually pass into law.  It was the companion bill to S. 2267.  

112th Congress: Senate

S. 3389, the Protecting American Trade Secrets and Innovation Act of 2012, was introduced and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, not further action was taken.  Like subsequent legislation, its civil cause of action provisions were taken from the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.  It also contained an early version of the ex parte civil seizure provision.

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