THE US DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT AND
EUROPEAN TRADE SECRETS DIRECTIVE OF 2016:
What Must Businesses Do Now To Prepare?
On April 27, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which will establish powerful new remedies for trade secret owners, including the right to bring federal claims against those who misappropriate their confidential information. In the same month, the European Union passed its own Trade Secrets Directive (EUTSD), beginning the process of harmonizing trade secret law across its member states.
On Tuesday, June 21, please join us for a discussion focused on the concrete steps businesses should now be taking to ensure that their critical confidential information is legally protected—and to avoid litigation under the new laws. The panel will feature guest speaker James Pooley, former Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and an internationally recognized expert on trade secrets; Michael Ng, the head of Kobre & Kim’s intellectual property litigation practice; and Andrew Stafford, Queens Counsel, an English barrister and frequent international trade secret litigator.
Our panel will address:
• What information qualifies as a protected “trade secret” under the DTSA and EUTSD;
• Steps businesses should take to ensure their confidential information meets the requirements for legal protection under the new laws;
• Protecting against threats: malicious attacks, departing employees hired by competitors, inadequate internal controls, among others; and
•What businesses can do to avoid litigation under the new laws.