Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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Employee Who Stole the Cookie Recipe From the Cookie Jar Fined €1 (Yes, that’s one single Euro)

Posted in Criminal Prosecution, Cyberhacking, EU Regulation
The Criminal Court of Mechelen (Belgium) ruled in favor of Bofin Biscuits against a former production assistant accused of having stolen the assistant director of the cookie baker’s laptop. The laptop allegedly contained the secret recipes of all the cookies produced by Bofin Biscuits. This case is interesting because of the nature of the secrets… Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes for Simple Cross-Border Trade Secret Law

Posted in EU Regulation, Legislation & Policy
Today, the European Parliament approved a Directive that seeks to simplify and harmonize the law on trade secrets throughout the European Union with a vast majority (503 in favor, 131 against and 18 abstentions). The Directive was first proposed in 2013. Although the initial proposal was deliberately kept ‘low profile,’ it was the subject of… Continue Reading

The Future of Trade Secret Protection in the EU: A Bird in The Hand is Still Worth Two in The Bush

Posted in EU Regulation, Legislation & Policy
The European lawmaker’s work on the draft Trade Secrets Directive, intended to create a uniform legal basis for the protection of trade secrets in the European Union, has entered the finishing straight. The proposal has been and still is subject to much debate at the highest policy and lawmaking level. There are indeed still quite… Continue Reading

EU Lays Foundation For Harmonized Trade Secret Protection Across Member States

Posted in EU Regulation
On November 28, 2013, the European Commission (EC) proposed a directive “on the protection of undisclosed know-how and confidential business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure.” If adopted, the directive will establish a common definition of “trade secrets” and set of remedies in all 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The proposed directive… Continue Reading

The ITC Can Play a Critical Role in Combating International Trade Secret Theft

Posted in EU Regulation
The Federal Circuit has recently confirmed that the International Trade Commission has jurisdiction over trade secret misappropriation, even if the predicate acts of misappropriation occur entirely outside of the United States. The decision, TianRui Group Co. v. International Trade Commission, 661F.3d 1322 (Fed. Cir. 2011), suggests that the ITC can play a very important role… Continue Reading