• Protection of Know-How and Trade Secrets

The new European directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) provides additional protection against the unlawful use of know-how and trade secrets for companies whose ideas and achievements are not protected from imitation by registered rights. However, a company “must take reasonable steps under the circumstances to keep it secret” to be entitled to claim protection. We counsel companies on how to protect their know-how and trade secrets and defend them.