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Germany: Hogan Lovells at Forum seminar on new EU ‘trade secrets’ directive

EU Directive 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure must be implemented in the EU Member States by June 2018. The Directive seeks to address the increasing importance of trade secrets, the growing threat to classified information and how to effectively combat industrial espionage and protect secrets. With this in mind, several questions arise: What is the status quo of German trade secrets law? How will the Directive affect current laws? What sort of additional protective measures should be taken in light of changes?

IP Counsel from our Düsseldorf office, Anne Glinke and Marcus Schönknecht, will speak at this event organised by Forum – Institut für Management. The seminar will give insight into the implementation of the Directive, its practical effects on business and how current trade secrets protection plans should be assessed and adjusted to ensure that effective trade secrets claims can be asserted in court in the future.

Date: March 16, 2018

Location: InterContinental, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 43, 60329 Frankfurt


  • Principles of trade secret protection, with case studies
  • Contents, implementation and implications of EU Directive 2016/943
  • Implementation of the Directive in business practice
  • Discussion of best practices in business

For more information, visit the Forum page for this event (German): Link