On Wednesday, April 27, the House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the Defend Trade Secret Act (S. 1890). The bipartisan measure, which is supported by the White House, is expected to be signed into law in the coming days.

The text of the bill and information on its progress can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1890/text

With the establishment of federal protections for trade secret theft, and the complicated patent eligibility landscape created by the Alice, Mayo, and Myriad decisions, the passage of this legislation may push businesses to choose secrecy over patenting or employ a combination of the two in their portfolios.