Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

A statute that extended the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to create a Federal civil right of action where an owner of a trade secret believed that trade secrets have been misappropriated. The law closely mirrors the provisions of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA.) It provides for whistleblower protection for employees, providing for immunity from any criminal or civil liability under any federal or state trade-secret law for disclosure of a trade secret made confidentially to an attorney or federal, state, or local governmental official “solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law,” or in a filing in a lawsuit made under seal.

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