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USCS TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 

PART I - CRIMES

CHAPTER 90 - PROTECTION OF TRADE SECRETS
Sec. 1831. Economic espionage
Sec. 1832. Theft of trade secrets
Sec. 1833. Exceptions to prohibitions
Sec. 1834. Criminal forfeiture
Sec. 1835. Orders to preserve confidentiality
Sec. 1836. Civil proceedings to enjoin violations
Sec. 1837. Applicability to conduct outside the United States
Sec. 1838. Construction with other laws
Sec. 1839. Definitions

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Sec. 1832. Theft of trade secrets

(a) Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related to or 
included in a product that is produced for or placed 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 -

(1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, carries away, or 
conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception obtains such information; 
(2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, photographs, 
downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, replicates, transmits, 
delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or conveys such information; 
(3) receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the same to have 
been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted without authorization; 
(4) attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3); 
or 
(5) 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. 
(b) Any organization that commits any offense described in subsection (a) 
shall be fined not more than $5,000,000. 

SOURCE
(Added Pub. L. 104-294, title I, Sec. 101(a), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3489.)

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