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O’Melveny’s Almeling Analyzes the Defend Trade Secrets Act in Patentlyo Post

June 02, 2014

O’Melveny & Myers partner David Almeling recently authored a guest article for patent law blog Patentlyo discussing the recently introduced Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), the first bill that would provide a federal right of civil action for trade secret theft. “The DTSA is a game changer,” Almeling writes in the post, titled "Defend Trade Secrets Act — A Primer, an Endorsement, and a Criticism." Almelling notes that if enacted, the DTSA "would constitute the most dramatic rethinking of trade secret law since 1979, when the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws approved a model statute called the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.” In addition to providing a primer on the DTSA, Almeling analyszes the bill’s strengths, which include its comprehensiveness, and notes its shortcomings, which he argues lie in its promise not to “preempt any other provision of law."

Almeling is a member of O'Melveny's Intellectual Property and Technology Practice and resides in the Firm's San Francisco office.