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Seminar on “Trade Secrets – The New Law”

Nov 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On 9 June 2018 Europe got a new trade secrecy law. Directive 2016/943 requires EU member states, including the UK, to adopt measures to protect trade secrets. The UK has done so with a whole new set of regulations which came into force on that day. Those regulations are likely to remain in force long after we leave the EU.

This new law affects every type of business from start-ups to transnational corporations because businesses protect much of their commercial and technical information simply by keeping it secret and disclosing it only for specified purposes to those who need to know. It is particularly important for the information and communications technology industries since computer programs as such cannot be patented. Every business needs to look at its non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses of other contracts and if necessary amend them.

Jane Lambert, an intellectual property lawyer who specialises in advising and representing start-ups and other small businesses, will outline the law.

She will discuss:

  • what trade secrets are
  • how they are used in business
  • the previous law
  • the main changes made by the new law
  • non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses
  • what to do when a trade secret is acquired, used or disclosed unlawfully
  • the relationship between trade secrets and the new data protection law.

She will deliver a handout summarising those changes and stating where you can find more information and support if you need it.