is an associate attorney at Finnegan. She focuses her practice on several areas of patent law, including patent litigation, patent prosecution, and proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has a technical background in biomedical engineering and her undergraduate research focused on developing a microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technology to perform the polymerase chain reaction.
The current extraterritorial reach of U.S. trade secret law may seem ironic given trade secret law’s “local” roots. In the United States, common law trade secret principles emerged through a diverse patchwork of state court decisions addressing local commercial disputes. These local common law principles were first distilled in the Restatement of Torts and the Restatement of Unfair Competition and then codified in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in 1979. Underscoring the local prerogative of trade secret law, state legislatures modified and tailored the Uniform Trade Secrets Act to reflect their state-specific concerns and needs. For many years, despite a push for national uniformity, a number of states chose not to adopt a statutory scheme at all (some still haven’t).