Trade Secrets Directive – implementation for the UK

16 March 2018

The IP Federation has responded to the IPO’s technical consultation on draft regulations concerning trade secrets. The closing date for responses is 16 March 2018.

The IP Federation is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the draft Regulation and commends the UK Intellectual Property Office for their work to date in relation to the Directive. We have however identified a number of points relating to the draft Regulations that have potential to create significant uncertainty for UK industry in an area of law that has been settled for many decades. Our concerns with the Regulation fall into two broad categories, as set out in the response:

  1. Unnecessary and overly complex provisions
  2. Lack of clarity as to interplay with existing law

We have commented on the individual provisions of the draft Regulation in the annex.

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