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

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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White House.  HABS Collection, Library of Congress

114th Congress

Both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees submitted reports for the legislation that passed, S. 1890.  The House Judiciary Committee's report adopted much of the language from the Senate Judiciary Committee's and their analysis of the bill uses the same text. 

113th Congress

The House Judiciary Committee reported H.R. 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, with a report but no further action was taken.  However, H.R. 5233 has substantial similarities to S. 1890 and H.R. 3326, with the former eventually passing into law.  The text of this report has some relevance to the bill that did pass and shares many similarities with the reports for S. 1890.

The House Judiciary Committee held a mark up of H.R. 5233 (2014) on September 17, 2014.  Two amendments were offered--one by Rep. George Holding (R-NC), which passed, and one by Democrat Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), which failed.

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