Trade Secrecy and International Transactions

Trade Secrecy and International Transactions

Law and Practice

Elgar Intellectual Property Law and Practice series

Elizabeth Rowe and Sharon K. Sandeen

Providing a valuable source of information on the law and practice of trade secrecy in international business transactions, this book provides concise but authoritative insight into international trade secret harmonization efforts and the trade secret laws of many countries. Trade secret law in the United States is promoted as the international standard for trade secret protection and a detailed explanation of the scope and limits of trade secret law in the US is presented here alongside practical guidance on how businesses can enhance trade secret protection while engaging in global commerce.


Elizabeth Rowe and Sharon K. Sandeen

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law, law -professional, intellectual property law


In this age of global commerce and the transnational operation of companies large and small, the relationships between companies and their business partners has taken on greater importance from a trade secret perspective. This is because unless a company prefers to keep most of its business operations in-house, it not only has to worry about its own trade secret practices but also the trade secret practices of all companies with which it does business. While this generally requires trade secret owners to establish obligations of confidentiality with every company that is given access to its trade secrets (including, possibly, all companies in its supply chain), for offshore relationships it also requires companies to understand how those obligations of confidentiality are formed and are likely to be enforced in other countries. As discussed in Chapters 2 and 3, with respect to both Article 39 of the TRIPS Agreement and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), the breach of a duty of confidentiality is one of two predicates to liability for trade secret misappropriation, the other one being acquisition by improper means. The existence of a duty of confidentiality is also an important factor in determining whether a trade secret owner engaged in reasonable efforts to maintain the secrecy of its information. Thus, it is essential that trade secret owners establish an obligation of confidentiality with their business partners before sharing any trade secret information.

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