How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

Law360 (May 11, 2021, 3:34 PM EDT) -- The history of the Defend Trade Secrets Act[1] starts with the publication of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in 1979. Before the UTSA, misuse of a trade secret was a common law tort, governed by the case law of each state.

The UTSA sought to bring uniformity to this environment given the rise of interstate business over the 20th century.

With its adoption in key holdout states over the last decade — Texas, New Jersey and Massachusetts — some version of the UTSA is now the law in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands....

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