The protection of U.S. trade secrets from misappropriation is an Administration priority. As noted in the Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets (February 2013), “trade secret theft threatens American businesses, undermines national security, and places the security of the U.S. economy in jeopardy.” In pursuit of the goals of the Administration Strategy through information sharing and discussion, the United States Patent and Trademark Office held a public symposium on issues relevant to the protection of trade secrets. Topics discussed included legislative proposals regarding trade secret protection, losses due to trade secret theft and challenges to protecting trade secrets, the intersection of patent and trade secret protection, issues in civil litigation, trade secret protection in foreign jurisdictions, and proposed responses to the threat of trade secret theft in the U.S.
The symposium took place on January 8, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The symposium was held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Global Intellectual Property Academy (Madison East enter through the Public Search Room), Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
- Federal Register Notice: http://federalregister.gov/a/2014-29350
- Agenda: http://www.uspto.gov//ip/init_events/Trade_Secret_Symposium_Agenda_-_final.pdf
- Archived 01-08-2015 webcast:
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