improper means

(6) the term “improper means”— (A) includes theft, bribery, misrepresentation, breach or inducement of a breach of a duty to maintain secrecy, or espionage through electronic or other means; and (B) does not include reverse engineering, independent derivation, or any other lawful means of acquisition; and


18 USC § 1839(6)

Scoping language

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