The Trade Secrets Protection in U.S. And in Europe: A Comparative Study
REVISTA LA PROPIEDAD INMATERIAL, No. 24, Julio-Diciembre 2017
16 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2018
Date Written: January 30, 2018
Only by deeply understanding the new laws that govern trade secrets protection in the United States and Europe, companies will be able to effectively protect their own trade secrets. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the similarities and differences between both regulations to give useful guidelines to international companies who deal in both geographical areas. Therefore, the paper will focus first on the economic value of trade secrets and the costs related to cybercrime and cyberespionage. Then, it will analyze the US and EU historical legal backgrounds that brought to the adoption of both laws. Finally, this article will make a comparative analysis of the provisions in each law. Hence, the paper makes potential suggestions for companies that deal in both regimes.
Keywords: Trade secrets, information, know how, cybercrime, cyberespionage, dtsa, trips, EC Directive 2016/943 May 2016
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