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Public consultation on the protection of business and research know-how

08 March 2013

The IP Federation has made a response to the European Commission trade secrets consultation on the protection of business and research know-how. We believe that trade secrets / confidential business information are of high importance in all the following areas:

  • Research and development.
  • Exploitation of innovation, i.e. turning an invention into a marketable product.
  • Innovative and competitive performance of SMEs.
  • Innovative and competitive performance of large companies which operate internationally.
  • Growth and jobs in the EU economy in general.
Furthermore, we think that trade secrets / confidential business information influ­ence a number of areas, especially the following: 
  • Research in research institutions.
  • Research and development in companies.
  • Exploitation of innovation, i.e. turning an invention into a marketable product.
  • SMEs innovative and competitive performance.
  • The innovative and competitive performance of large companies which operate internationally.
  • Growth and jobs in the EU in general.
  • Competitiveness of the EU in the world.
 


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