An Appraisal of the EU Directive
Edited by Jens Schovsbo, Timo Minssen and Thomas Riis
Chapter 11: Trade secrets, big data and artificial intelligence innovation: a legal oxymoron?
This chapter examines the Trade Secrets Directive from a technologically informed legal perspective, looking at the possibilities and scope of protection that the Directive offers for knowledge-based activities and business models. Different types of informational resources have long been an important asset of businesses. Informational technologies, automated data retrieval and cross-referencing will produce large quantities of valuable data that can be used for research, development and marketing of all types of products and services. However, artificial intelligence and data mining tools pose a huge challenge to trade secrets as a legal concept.
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