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senate Bill S. 1890

If a Trade Secret is Stolen, Should the Owner be Able to Sue in Federal Court?

Argument in favor

Owners of trade secrets that were misappropriated should be able to sue in federal district courts to recover damages, given that trade secret theft is often an issue that crosses state and national borders.

Brandon's Opinion
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04/04/2016
Intellectual property theft, being able to cross state and national boundaries, falls under the commerce clause of article 1 of the constitution and therefore should be tried in federal courts.
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David's Opinion
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04/28/2016
Yes, it should be illegal to steal anything, including trade secrets, and if such a theft involves interstate commerce, the correct jurisdiction for pursuit of civil damages would be federal court. Why is this not already the case?
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Chutt's Opinion
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04/05/2016
I believe that any legal issue that crosses state lines should be adjudicated in a federal court
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Argument opposed

Federal courts don’t need to deal with lawsuits related to trade secret theft. There shouldn’t be immunity for people who confidentially report suspected misappropriation to law enforcement or attorneys.

Rudy's Opinion
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04/04/2016
I feel like this will only give more power to big corporations over small business. We need to reform patent laws before we decide how to enforce them. As of now, patent laws only favor large corporations and doesn't motivate innovation. This causes larger market control by one company and extends its lifespan.
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Dylan's Opinion
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04/04/2016
I would like to see more manufacturing done here in the U.S. This could potentially stimulate our economy by bringing more jobs to America if stolen secrets are a common problem.
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Connor's Opinion
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04/04/2016
Honestly, this happens more often then people think. They should be able to sue, but I don't know if the federal courts should be the ones bothered with these cases.
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    Intellectual property theft, being able to cross state and national boundaries, falls under the commerce clause of article 1 of the constitution and therefore should be tried in federal courts.
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    I feel like this will only give more power to big corporations over small business. We need to reform patent laws before we decide how to enforce them. As of now, patent laws only favor large corporations and doesn't motivate innovation. This causes larger market control by one company and extends its lifespan.
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    Yes, it should be illegal to steal anything, including trade secrets, and if such a theft involves interstate commerce, the correct jurisdiction for pursuit of civil damages would be federal court. Why is this not already the case?
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    I would like to see more manufacturing done here in the U.S. This could potentially stimulate our economy by bringing more jobs to America if stolen secrets are a common problem.
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    Honestly, this happens more often then people think. They should be able to sue, but I don't know if the federal courts should be the ones bothered with these cases.
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    It's their right to ownership
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    Making it easier for lawsuits doesn't help. I think it would just encourage corporations to sue smaller businesses that want to get into the market.
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    If I had a trade secret and someone stole it (China), then Yes, I would sue.
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    Stealing of private information breaks all morals.
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    It's already a crime. Why are we asking ourselves this question?
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    Trade theft, is theft. If a case needs to go to the federal level it should be allowed to just like any other case would.
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    If they own them they should be able to recover them.
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    Go to nights and patent creeps are killing innovation and advancements. There are no guarantees this bill won't be used to choke of competition in many industries.
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    I just think it's s crime
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    This was a really hard decision for me. Ultimately it came down to one question: "is an idea property?" And I feel that, as a writer, I do feel that my ideas belong to me. I would absolutely hate it if someone took one of my ideas and got rich off of it. On the other hand, taking, modifying and improving ideas is how we evolve as a culture. Just look at Disney, I know they're not the best example but they were the first one that came to mind. Patent laws should be reformed, no question about it, but we also need to recognize the inherent value of ideas and what they mean to their creators.
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    People who really value capitalism value lack of government interference. People who don't care about the values of capitalism wouldn't care about wasting government resources like this is what is a move on American protectionism. It is not the US Federal Government's responsibility to protect private corporations' trade secrets
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    Yes, BUT they should start in the local and state courts first. If those have been exhausted and they still don't get what they're after, then yes, they should be able to sue in federal court.
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    A
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    Yea
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    If it's their idea, They own the rights to it!
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