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Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday the 20th of October 2020 at 11:00 London time i.e. 12:00 Brussels time, 13:00 Athens time. The speaker is Tanya Aplin, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. The title of the talk is "The limits of EU trade secret protection".

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Trade secrets protection has been harmonised in the EU by the Trade Secrets Directive 2016/943. During the journey of the Directive, controversies and debate surrounded the scope of trade secrets protection and its appropriate limits. There were concerns that public institutions, journalists, employees, whistleblowers, competitors and consumers would be unduly restricted. As such, what evolved as article 3 ‘Lawful acquisition, use or disclosure’ and article 5 ‘Exceptions’ attracted a great deal of attention, especially at the European Parliament stage. This paper examines the background and scope of articles 3 and 5 of the Directive (which include limits for independent creation, reverse engineering, public interest and freedom of expression). Based on this analysis, it is argued that there is considerable risk of divergence in implementation by Member States and interpretation by national courts and the interpretative approach that the CJEU should adopt towards these provisions is unclear.


Tanya Aplin, 

King’s College London


Oct. the 20th 2020

11:00 to 12:00 London time.


Event will be held online

Webinar by Tanya Aplin, King’s College London, "The limits of EU trade secret protection"

An Intellectual Property and Innovation Research Group