18 U.S.C. § 1832 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 1832. Theft of trade secrets




 Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related to a product or service used in or intended for use in interstate or foreign commerce, to the economic benefit of anyone other than the owner thereof, and intending or knowing that the offense will, injure any owner of that trade secret, knowingly--

 steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception obtains such information;

 without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or conveys such information;

 receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted without authorization;

 attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3);  or

 conspires with one or more other persons to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3), and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy,

shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

 Any organization that commits any offense described in subsection (a) shall be fined not more than $5,000,000.





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