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Study on trade secrets and confidential business information in the internal market Published on: 01/07/2013, Last update: 13/01/2016

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The European Commission contracted a study on the role of trade secrets and confidential business information as possible drivers for innovation, competitiveness and economic growth in the EU.

This study, published in July 2013, incorporates a survey covering 537 companies, including 323 small and medium-sized companies (less than 250 employees) undertaken at the end of 2012.

It also provides a detailed review of the legal frameworks governing trade secrets in the then 27 Member States, the United States of America, Japan and Switzerland.