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The EU Trade Secrets Directive

Industry, Enterprise and Single Market - Trainings
Date: Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:00 - 18:00

Venue: MCE Brussels


June 2018 was the deadline for EU Member States to implement the Trade Secrets Directive, which seeks to harmonise the minimum standards of protection for trade secrets across the EU. Whereas the Directive has been transposed into some Member States’ legal orders, implementation has not yet occurred in all.
Since June, the wording and the goals of the Directive must be observed when national law is applied. Legal practitioners therefore need to know the main changes brought by the EU Directive and to adapt their practice to the new requirements.

Key topics

  • Update on transposition and main changes brought to selected national laws
  • Avoiding disclosure by putting in place efficient preventive measures
  • How to distinguish in practice between lawful and unlawful acquisition of trade secrets?
  • Measures, procedures and remedies: how does the EU Directive change trade secrets litigation?

Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, judges, representatives of national ministries.


Emmanuel Gougé, Solicitor (England & Wales), Partner, Pinsent Masons, Paris

Thomas Gniadek, Associated Partner, Noerr, Munich

Sam Granata, Judge, Court of Appeal, Antwerp, and the Benelux Court of Justice, Luxembourg

Søren Hessellund Klausen, Partner, IUNO, Copenhagen

Jorge Novais Gonçalves, Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission, Brussels

Clare Robinson, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP, Bristol

Bruno Vandermeulen, Partner, Bird&Bird LLP, Brussels



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All Dates

  • Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:00 - 18:00

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