What Protection for Trade Secrets in the European Union? CEIPI's Observations on the Proposal for a Directive on the Protection of Undisclosed Know-How and Business Information

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Jean Lapousterle

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI

Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI

Norbert Olszak

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI; Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Luc Desaunettes-Barbero

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; University of Strasbourg - CEIPI

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

In November 2013, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets). A second version of this proposal, already amended by the Council in May 2014, gained the approval of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament at the end of June 2015, thus officially entering the legislative phase. The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), a university institute dedicated to teaching and research on intellectual property, is strongly interested in the issues raised by this proposal. For this reason, the Centre intends to propose a certain number of observations aimed to the European Union’s legislator.

Keywords: Employees' rights; EU law; Freedom of expression; Fundamental rights; Trade secrets; Whistleblowers

Suggested Citation

Lapousterle, Jean and Geiger, Christophe and Olszak, Norbert and Desaunettes-Barbero, Luc, What Protection for Trade Secrets in the European Union? CEIPI's Observations on the Proposal for a Directive on the Protection of Undisclosed Know-How and Business Information (2015). 38(5) European Intellectual Property Review 255 (2016), Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) Research Paper No. 2015-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2970461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2970461

Jean Lapousterle (Contact Author)

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

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Strasbourg, 67082
France

Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

Bâtiment LE CARDO, 7 Rue de l'Ecarlate
CS 20024
Strasbourg, 67082
France

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Norbert Olszak

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

Bâtiment LE CARDO, 7 Rue de l'Ecarlate
CS 20024
Strasbourg, 67082
France

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

France

Luc Desaunettes-Barbero

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

Bâtiment LE CARDO, 7 Rue de l'Ecarlate
CS 20024
Strasbourg, 67082
France

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