This element requires the government to prove that the trade secret was "related to or included in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate or foreign commerce." 18 U.S.C. § 1832. In cases where the trade secret is related to a product actually being manufactured and sold, this element is easily established by evidence of interstate sales. Where the trade secret relates to a product in research and development, proof might be more difficult. However, there is no evidence that Congress intended to create such a large exception to the trade secrets accorded protection under the EEA. Therefore, in cases in which the trade secret is related to a product still being developed but that product will ultimately be sold in interstate commerce, prosecutors should establish this fact, and argue that it sufficiently meets this element.
[cited in USAM 9-59.100]