The House of Representatives has scheduled a floor vote on the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) for Wednesday April 27, 2016. The version up for vote is identical to that passed unanimously by the Senate earlier this spring. [Schedule][S.1890]. President Obama has indicated his support as well. Nothing is likely to deter the DTSA from passing on Wednesday. The House Leadership is not permitting further amendments prior to the vote and no strong opposition has been voiced other than a group of law professors. States-rights activists have not suggested any reason why the traditional state-law-tort should not also be a federal cause of action.
In March 2017, Mizzou’s Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship will host a symposium on implementation and implications of the DTSA. Proceedings will be published in the Law School’s Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tax Law Review (BETR).