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

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


In 2016, Congress passed legislation making a trade secret misappropriation a federal cause of action, S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  Salient provisions of this legislation were the new federal remedies for misappropriation and an ex parte seizure procedure.  This guide collects the legislative history source documents for this legislation.