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June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2014 — Covington & Burling’s Richard Hertling urged lawmakers to pass a federal law to provide more effective remedies to businesses for the theft of their trade secrets during testimony Tuesday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “The methods thieves use in their attempts to steal American trade secrets are growing more sophisticated by the day, and our laws must keep pace,” Mr. Hertling said. “American businesses that compete globally will lose their competitive edge— and put at risk thousands of well-paying U.S. jobs — if they cannot quickly pursue and stop thieves who steal their hard-earned secrets to sell to the highest foreign bidder. Federal law must provide our country’s innovators and job creators with the tools they need to keep their trade secrets from falling into the wrong hands.” Mr. Hertling is the former staff director and chief counsel on the House Judiciary Committee. He previously served in leadership roles on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department, in addition to the House Judiciary panel. Mr. Hertling’s testimony can be found here.