LES Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting - September 2015
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Intellectual Property Event
The New European Trade Secret Directive, Contrasts with US Law, and Licensing Implications
In deciding whether to rely on trade secret protection, rather than patent protection, innovators need to be aware that trade secrets law differs, not just within the US, but also across the globe."
Further, if seeking to rely on or license trade secrets, the holder of the secrets needs to understand how their rights might be held and enforced in the US and in other jurisdictions.
Speakers from Fieldfisher explained how a new European trade secrets directive is intended to bring some harmonization in trade secrets law across Europe, and whether it might achieve that objective.
The panelists also discussed how the European approaches echo and differ from US practice, as well as trade secret licensing implications.
It was interesting to note that the trade secrets law differs in Europe and what they or their clients should be doing to maximize their position.
- - Frank Bernstein, Partner, Singularity LLP (Redwood City)
- - Stijn Debaene, Partner, IP Enforcement and Litigation, Fieldfisher (Brussels)
- - Mary Fuller, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, IP, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose)
- - Stefanie Greifeneder, Partner, Commercial IP, Fieldfisher (Munich)
- - David Knight, Partner, IP and Technology Protection and Enforcement, Fieldfisher (London)