European Commission proposes rules for the protection of trade secrets

By Bird&Bird

    On November 28th, 2013 the European Commission published a proposal for the harmonisation of trade secrets protection in the European Union.

    The "Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets)" (COM(2013) 813 final) was published only seven months after the release of the comprehensive "Study on Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information in the Internal Market" (MARKT/2011/128/D). This study identified the great importance of trade secrets to small and medium-sized enterprises as well as start-ups, but an uneven level of their protection across the EU.

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