Senate Bill Could Bring More Criminal Trade Secrets Cases

By Ryan Davis (November 29, 2012, 9:27 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors could launch significantly more trade secrets cases under the Economic Espionage Act if a bill to expand the reach of the statute, passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, becomes law, attorneys said.

In addition to undoing a Second Circuit ruling from earlier this year that held the law does not apply to trade secrets related to products a company uses internally but does not sell, the bill would also amend the statute to cover trade secrets related to services like accounting for the first time.

Until recently, the EEA had been underused by federal authorities, but there...

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