The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Creates New Tools to Protect Trade Secrets

June 3, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”) into law. This law creates a new procedure that private citizens can use to protect their intellectual property rights. In exceptional circumstances, the owner of a trade secret can apply to a federal court ex parte (without the other person present) and obtain an order to seize trade secret materials that were allegedly misappropriated. The DTSA provides detailed requirements that a party must satisfy to obtain a seizure order. The DTSA also includes several rights that protect the person from whom seizure is sought.

To read a more detailed article about the DTSA and the ex parte seizure procedures, click here.

A copy of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 is available here.

If you have a question about the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, please contact Trent Echard at or at (412) 281-5423. Trent is a shareholder and a registered patent attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh. This post is provided for informational purposes only. Nothing in this post creates an attorney client relationship.