Commercial Secrets: EU Law

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government will take steps to ensure that the transposition into UK law of Article 7 of the Trade Secrets Directive includes strong language to penalise abusive litigation so as to prevent companies from using the threat of litigation to deter competitors or public interest scrutiny.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

The Government is seeking views on draft regulations to transpose the Trade Secrets Directive into UK law and launched a technical consultation on 19 February 2018.

The Government is of the view that it is not necessary to transpose the provisions of Article 7 of the Directive as UK law and court rules already provide for appropriate measures to be taken where an applicant is found to have initiated legal proceedings in bad faith or where the proceedings are an abuse of process. However, the Government will consider any views to the contrary submitted to the consultation.

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