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Commission Moves to Stem Theft of Trade Secrets

Nov.23.2013 — EurActiv

Brussels-based attorney and member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets groups, Jan-Diederik Lindemans, shares his views on the EU Commission's proposal to stem an increase in theft of trade secrets across Europe with a new proposal to harmonize the definition of the practice and block imports of products arising from such theft. Lindemans notes that a patchwork of different definitions of trade secrets and remedies across the EU's 28 jurisdictions complicates the issue and makes enforcement tricky. "The principle behind this move is right because litigating trade secrets is difficult because it requires an understanding of 28 different legal regimes," stated Lindemans.

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