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Public consultation on the protection against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information

Public consultation on the protection against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information
Published on: 11/12/2012 Last update: 01/03/2018
Deadline: 08/03/2013

The European Commission carried out an interactive online consultation on the protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information.

The consultation gathered the views of 386 respondents, including companies, citizens, professionals and business organisations.

The consultation focused on the perception and use of trade secrets, the assessment of national legal regimes and the enforcement of trade secrets, in particular in a cross-border context, and opinions regarding potential action at EU level to improve the protection of trade secrets against misappropriation within the EU.

Contributions and summary of responses: