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Europe: Developments in EU laws on trade secrets and data protection

The Trade Secrets Directive was passed by the Council of Europe on 27 May 2016. It will come into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and member states will then have a two year window … Continue reading

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EU developments: trade secrets and data protection

On 14 April the European Parliament voted to approve the new Trade Secrets Directive aimed at harmonising the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. The Council is expected to approve the Directive this month and … Continue reading

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Europe: Developments in EU laws on trade secrets and data protection

The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed the terms of a Trade Secrets Directive that aims to harmonise the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. Once approved and adopted, the Directive could take effect … Continue reading

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EU: Will the new Trade Secrets Directive create a unified approach across the EU?

The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed the terms of a Trade Secrets Directive that aims to harmonise the definition and protection of trade secrets and undisclosed know-how across Europe. Once approved and adopted, the Directive could take effect … Continue reading

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EU: Trade Secrets Directive slowly progresses through European Parliament

The EU "Trade Secrets Directive" is gradually making its way through the European Parliament. The Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) has yet to adopt a draft Report on the proposal; an indicative plenary sitting date for first reading/single reading has … Continue reading

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Singapore: Restrictive covenants in employment contracts

In the recent decision of Lek Gwee Noi v Humming Flowers & Gifts Pte Ltd [2014] SGHC 64, the Singapore High Court raised some interesting questions as to what constitutes sufficient legitimate interest to support a non-competition covenant, examined the … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Practical tips for employers on protecting confidential information

Confidential information and trade secrets are increasingly valuable assets for any business in today’s market. A recent judgment of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance, Dextra China Limited v Lam Wing Kit, highlights the difficulty employers face when trying to … Continue reading

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Singapore: Restrictive covenants & trade secrets

In a recent decision, the High Court in Lek Gwee Noi v Humming Flowers & Gifts Pte Ltd [2014] SGHC 64 considered whether a restraint of trade clause was necessary, and therefore reasonable, in a contract which contained other clauses … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Practical tips for employers on protecting confidential information

Confidential information and trade secrets are increasingly valuable assets for any business in today’s market. A recent judgment of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance, Dextra China Limited v Lam Wing Kit, highlights the difficulty employers face when trying … Continue reading

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UK/Hong Kong: Injunctions and Trade Secrets

The English High Court recently considered the test to be applied when deciding whether to grant an interim injunction against a former employee to prevent them from using their former employer’s trade secrets. Given that the Hong Kong law on confidential … Continue reading

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