The amendments to the “Trade Secret Act” were announced by the President on January 30, 2013.  Criminal penalties are imposed on offenses such as obtaining a trade secret by theft, unauthorized reproduction or other inappropriate methods, using or disclosing a trade secret without or exceeding authorization, failing to delete or destroy a trade secret after being so requested by the trade secret owner, etc.  Offenders shall be imprisoned for up to 5 years together with a criminal fine between NT$1 million and NT$10 million shall be imposed.  If the illegal gain exceeds NT$ 10 million, the fine may be increased to three times of the illegal gain.  Penalty on the offense of trade secret misappropriation with an intent to use the same outside Taiwan is also increased.