Most companies rely extensively on trade secrets as a means to protect important business information, strategies and practices from competitors. American companies, especially those with manufacturing and fabrication facilities abroad, are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for misappropriation of their trade secrets. An alternative to traditional enforcement actions in state or federal court can be found through investigations instituted before the U.S. International Trade Commissionpursuant to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1934.

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