The Trade Secret Act was amended, as announced by the President on January 30, 2013, to strengthen the protection of trade secrets and to promote international competition.  The amendment imposes criminal penalties on offenses which include, among other things, 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.  Offenders may be imprisoned for a maximum of 5 years together with a criminal fine between NT$1 million and NT$10 million.  In the event that the illegal gain exceeds NT$ 10 million, the court may raise the fine to triple of the illegal gain.  A trade secret misappropriation with intent to use overseas will result in aggravated criminal liability.