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The threat of trade secret theft from U.S. businesses is real and complex. No business sector is immune. Understanding the nature of the problem with a keen focus on a strong compliance culture and accessing the available government resources can assist companies in managing this risk. Companies should also be poised to access the civil and law enforcement resources available to them if a threat occurs. Congress, the White House and federal law enforcement agencies have prioritized the investigation and prosecution of trade secret theft. In announcing the Administration’s strategic plan to combat trade secret theft, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that there are only “two categories” of companies affected by trade secret theft — “[T]hose that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t know yet.”

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