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Defending Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) (Pub. L. No. 114–153, 130 Stat. 376 (May 11, 2016), codified at 18 U.S.C. §1836 et seq.).


The DTSA is a United States federal law that allows an owner of a trade secret to sue in federal court when its trade secrets have been misappropriated. Technically, the DTSA extended the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which criminalizes certain trade secret misappropriations.

The law also grants immunity to corporate whistleblowers.

The long title of the Act is "An Act to amend chapter 90 of title 18, United States Code, to provide Federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and for other purposes."

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