Trade Secrets Law

Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1150

10 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2020

Date Written: June 2020


The standardisation of trade secret protection was one of the goals of the TRIPs Agreement of 1998. Nevertheless, substantial differences in this protection remain across jurisdictions. When defining the optimal scope of trade secrets law, lawmakers should be aware that strong trade secret protection is likely to promote inventiveness, but it is also likely to hinder the diffusion of knowledge and prevent competition.

Keywords: Trade Secrets Law, Intellectual Property

JEL Classification: K0, L1

Suggested Citation

Franzoni, Luigi Alberto, Trade Secrets Law (June 2020). Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1150, Available at SSRN: or

Luigi Alberto Franzoni (Contact Author)

University of Bologna ( email )

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Bologna, 40124
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