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Trade Secret Misappropriation

Learn about enforcing trade secret rights through misappropriation claims.


A trade secret owner may enforce its rights through a civil claim for misappropriation under state or federal law. Unauthorized disclosures of trade secrets may also trigger criminal penalties under state and federal law.

Trade secret misappropriation arises most frequently in two sets of circumstances. First, a defendant might acquire protected information through improper means. Second, a defendant might disclose or use protected information without an owner’s express or implied consent,...