The Harmonization and Protection of Trade Secrets in the EU

An Appraisal of the EU Directive

Edited by Jens Schovsbo, Professor, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), Timo Minssen, Professor and Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) and Thomas Riis, Professor, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This book addresses the growing importance of trade secrets in today's society and business and the related increase in litigation, media and scholarly attention, using the new EU Trade Secrets Directive as a prism through which to discuss the complex legal issues involved. Written by a team of international experts, it discusses and analyses national implementation of the Directive and explores the effects of the new regime on contentious issues and crucial sectors such as big data and AI.

‘For those involved in Trade Secrets, but also for those interested in getting a view on how EU Directives are implemented, and how differently it can be done from adapting the text from the Directive more or less in extenso to trying to adapt the Directive to existing legislation, the book is warmly recommended.’
– Max Oker-Blom, IPR Info

‘The book is a very welcome piece of legal literature both for scholars and practitioners not only for the high quality of the contributions but also for the overall design of the book which draws a comprehensive picture of the issues raised by the implementation of the Directive trying to offer the proper legal solutions to some of them.’
– Davide Arcidiacono, EU Law Live

‘As the first wave of national implementations of the EU Trade Secrets Directive has hit, it is of great interest to identify the central issues of the new legal framework in different jurisdictions. This timely contribution delivers just that: a number of perspectives from different EU countries give account of their respective national implementation and prepare the stage for a valuable comparative law perspective on the protection of Trade Secrets. Moreover, the book encompasses a cutting-edge assessment of the Directive’s effects on topical issues (employee mobility, big data, AI, personalised medicine, etc).’
– Matthias Leistner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

2020 352 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 333 5 £105.00 £94.50 $160.00 $144.00

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