Trade Secret Suits Rise Sharply In Wake Of Landmark IP Law

By Vin Gurrieri (July 18, 2018, 12:02 AM EDT) -- In the two years since the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, federal courts have seen a sharp spike in the number of trade secret misappropriation cases that have been filed, according to report released Tuesday by legal analytics firm Lex Machina.

The data compiled in Lex Machina's first trade secret litigation report was based on an analysis of just under 10,000 trade secret cases brought under either the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 or state trade secret laws since 2009.

While trade secret litigation was fairly static between 2009 and 2016 — the number of cases filed...

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