Trade Secrets, Safe Harbors, and International Trade

SMU Science and Technology Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2017

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 388

10 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018

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W. Keith Robinson

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement that establishes terms for trade and business between the United States and eleven Pacific Rim nations. The United States has withdrawn from the TPP, but interest in the agreement remains because some of its provisions serve as a template for future international trade deals. This article focuses on the TPP provisions concerning trade secrets and Internet Service Provider (ISP) Safe Harbors. While both provisions mirror U.S. law, they do lack certain "safeguards." Commentators have observed that the absence of these safeguards unfairly favor the interests of large corporations and rights holders over individuals and the public. This article argues for a flexible approach that encourages participating countries to include safeguards in future trade agreements that are missing from the TPP. Adding these safeguards will balance the interests of individuals with the interests of corporations and large rights holders.

Keywords: International trade, trade secrets, intellectual property, Internet service Provider - safe harbor provisions, Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, intellectual property law

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Walter Keith, Trade Secrets, Safe Harbors, and International Trade (2017). SMU Science and Technology Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2017; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 388. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3176568

Walter Keith Robinson (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States
2147687208 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.smu.edu/Faculty/Full-Time-Faculty/Robinson.aspx

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