On November 28th 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new directive on “The protection of trade secrets and confidential business information from misappropriation and misuse by third parties.”
The directive is in response to the pressing need for adequate protection of trade secrets in the EU. The US has a strong tradition of protecting trade secrets, with the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (1979) and more recently the America Invents Act (2011). The EU is trying to catch up by introducing this new proposal.
Please download the legal alert here in English.