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April 5, 2016, Covington Alert
On Monday, April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA,” S. 1890), as amended, by a unanimous vote of 87-0. S. 1890 was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and supported by 65 cosponsors. Companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3326) has been introduced by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and it is already supported by 128 bipartisan cosponsors.
The DTSA would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal civil claim and remedy for trade secret misappropriation. Currently, while owners of patents, copyrights, and trademarks can enforce their rights under federal law, trade secret owners must rely on an array of state laws to protect their rights when their know-how is stolen. The DTSA would modernize trade secret protection by creating a unified, consistent body of law nationwide, without displacing existing state laws.
October 10, 2016, CDR News
CDR News highlighted the promotion of 13 Covington lawyers to partner, as well as the arrival of Lord Francis Maude in London as a Senior Advisor in the firm’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. According to firm chair Timothy Hester, “Our new partners reflect the excellence, strengths, and diversity of the firm and will play important roles in the ...
May 11, 2016, Covington Alert
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which creates a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The Senate passed the DTSA on April 4, 2016 by a unanimous vote of 87-0. The Senate bill (S. 1890) was passed by the House of Representatives without amendment on ...
December 17, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Haywood Gilliam is featured in these articles regarding the U.S. Senate confirming him to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.