Reviewing the U.S. Economic Espionage Act —With the Extending Comments on the 2013 Amendment of Taiwan’s Trade Secret Act

Reviewing the U.S. Economic Espionage Act —With the Extending Comments on the 2013 Amendment of Taiwan’s Trade Secret Act

 

Title
Reviewing the U.S. Economic Espionage Act —With the Extending Comments on the 2013 Amendment of Taiwan’s Trade Secret Act
Author
Carol Chih-Chieh Lin
Keywords
Economic Espionage, Trade Secret, Criminalization
Abstract
“Technology, economic and national security,” these three words seem to be
irrelevant on the surface; however, they are tightly bounded by the existence of the
word—trade secret. The federal government of the U.S. passed the Economic Espionage
Act in 1996 in an attempt to create a “comprehensive and systematic” approach
to address trade secrecy misappropriation, drawing a clear line between
economic espionage and theft of trade secrets through federal criminal justice system.
It is established to prevent trade rivals from stealing other business’s most
precious property—trade secret, and to protect the national economy, security from
any harm. While the Economic Espionage Act has been implemented for 19 years,
there are only few cases brought in a verdict of guilty, which seemingly contradicts
to the legislative purposes. Therefore, this article aims to analyze the predicament of the Act, and to give constructive propositions. Furthermore, the Trade Secret Act
in Taiwan was revised in 2013. It mainly referred to the Economic Espionage, adding
article 13-1 to 13-4. In order to compare and assay, this article will also probe
into the amendment in 2013.
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