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Sara Chelette, partner with Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann. Courtesy photo

The Defend Trade Secrets Act provides plaintiffs an increasingly used avenue to federal courts. The DTSA includes a broad definition of “trade secret” and creates uniformity that did not exist under state trade secret law.

The DTSA defines a trade secret as “all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information,” so long as the owner has taken “reasonable measures to keep such information secret” and “the information derives independent economic value, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by, the public.”

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