A (Mostly) Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

109 Law Libr. J. 363 (2017)

24 Pages Posted: 6 May 2016 Last revised: 20 Mar 2018

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John Cannan

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Date Written: May 4, 2016

Abstract

This paper provides a narrative of the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 — legislation, passed by Congress in April, 2016, that establishes a federal civil cause of action for the theft of trade secrets. It analyzes the justifications for the bill, how it was drafted and passed and how Congress expressed its objectives in the law’s legislative history source documents.

Keywords: trade secrets, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, DTSA, Economic Espionage Act, intellectual property

JEL Classification: O34, O38, K19

Suggested Citation

Cannan, John, A (Mostly) Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (May 4, 2016). 109 Law Libr. J. 363 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2775390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2775390

John Cannan (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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