Trade secrets are invaluable intangible assets to protect the innovation know-how of companies. Trade secrets can be at the origin of every patent, design and all intellectual property rights. At the same time, exposure to misappropriation of trade secrets has been increasing. In 2012 18% of companies reported theft of information, in 2013 the percentage increased to 25%. Currently in Europe, protection of trade secrets against misappropriation faces substantial differences, important gaps and shortcomings.
|Joint BusinessEurope, NAM and TABC letter on Trade Secrets in the TTIP||23/10/2013|
|Protection of companies' trade secrets - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht||20/02/2012|