'Unauthorized Access' Under CFAA

Law360, New York (January 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EST) -- Although trade secrets have become an increasingly important component of the protection of intellectual property in the United States, unlike patents, copyrights and trademarks, there is, as of yet, no federal civil law that provides for potential remedies in the event of a theft or misappropriation.

Almost all states have adopted some type of a statute protecting trade secrets and, thus, unless there is a basis for diversity under federal law, plaintiffs must bring their theft of trade secret actions in state courts, which for a...
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