Michael Browne, on behalf of the Competition Law Association (the national group of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC)), has prepared a response to the following question: “Protection and Disclosure of Know-how: Are countries providing enough or too much protection?”.
The report provides a brief summary of the current state of the law regarding protection of know-how and trade secrets in the UK and concludes that the position, as things stand, strikes a reasonable balance between the effective protection of know-how and trade secrets, whilst not unreasonably inhibiting competition in the market place. A copy of the report can be accessed here, along with the responses of the other national reporters.
This question will be discussed and debated in more detail at the forthcoming LIDC Congress in Stockholm, 1–3 October 2015. Michael will be attending the Congress as one of the two UK national reporters, and participating in the debate.
If you have any questions or comments in relation to the report, please contact Michael directly.