Trade secrets in the United States

There is no statutory definition of a tradesecret in the United States. However, thereis a trend towards achieving someuniformity, with 46 states having adoptedvarious statutes modelled after the UniformTrade Secret Act (UTSA). The UTSA is amodel law drafted by the NationalConference of Commissions on UniformState Laws. States that have not adopted theUTSA (eg, New York), have adopted theirown state statutes and/or continue to applycommon law.


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