Defend Trade Secrets Act: How To Inform Employees

Law360, New York (May 25, 2016, 11:34 AM EDT) -- The Defend Trade Secrets Act amends the Economic Espionage Act by providing a civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation. The statute offers many benefits to businesses, including federal question jurisdiction for trade secrets disputes, robust equitable relief (with ex parte seizure orders carried out by law enforcement in extraordinary situations), and the ability to recover compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys' fees. However, to enjoy the full panoply of remedies available under the DTSA, employers must take immediate action to comply with a specific notice requirement mandated by the statute.

The DTSA's Notice Requirement

The DTSA balances trade secret protection with...

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