Criminal Trade Secret Prosecutions Under President Trump

By Barak Cohen and Chelsea Curfman, Perkins Coie LLP (January 6, 2017, 12:48 PM EST) -- Barak Cohen

Chelsea W. Curfman For many companies, protecting intellectual property is a significant concern made more difficult in recent years by the persistent efforts of foreign agents to steal valuable trade secrets. Analysis of public sources indicates that under the Obama administration, the U.S. government has made substantial efforts to combat this theft through an increase by the U.S. Department of Justice in the number of criminal trade secret prosecutions. Now, with less than a month until President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the question becomes: Will his administration follow suit? While the answer is uncertain, statements by the president-elect and...

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