Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: Are Our Laws Adequate for Today's Threats? Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 13, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 13, 2014 hearing, "Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: Are Our Laws Adequate for Today's Threats?" before the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Patrick Leahy: "Today, American businesses face increasing threats both domestically and abroad from competitors that seek an advantage not through hard work, but through theft and deception. The theft of trade secrets has also been linked to foreign governments in recent years, with countries seeking to undermine our national security and economy through theft of critical commercial information. While on a recent trip to China, I met with government officials to emphasize the need for strong global protection of trade secrets. I also met with Americans doing business in China and they stressed that theft of their trade secrets was a real threat to their livelihoods. As we continue to explore opportunities to work with other nations, we must emphasize this issue as a priority for American businesses and an area of ongoing focus for the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse, Randall C. Coleman, Peter L. Hoffman, Pamela Passman, Drew Greenblatt, and Douglas K. Norman.

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