Protecting Trade Secrets Under The EEA

Law360, New York (March 11, 2011, 2:42 PM EST) -- The Southern District of New York was recently the scene of two high-profile prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, 18 U.S.C. § 1831 et seq. (the EEA), which, in essence, makes it a federal crime to steal trade secrets.

The two cases — United States v. Samarth Agrawal, 10 CR 417 (JSR), and United States v. Sergey Aleynikov, 10 CR 96 (DLC)  — both involved theft of trade secrets relating to proprietary methods of high-speed securities trading, but they offer food for thought for...
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