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

Target group: General public, researchers, SME’s, trade associations and unions, public authorities.
Period: from 11.12.2012 to 08.03.2013

Keeping valuable information secret is often the only or the most effective way that companies have to protect their intellectual property (such as the results of their research and innovation efforts).

Although patents play a decisive role in this area, there are limitations as to what can be patented. New business solutions, marketing data and many incremental technological improvements, for example, are not patentable).

Concerns regarding the effectiveness of the legal protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets in the Internal Market are already being voiced.

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2012/trade-secrets_en.htm

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