Trade Secrets Protection and The New Trade Secrets Directive - Protecting your Company's Knowhow
A trade secret is a valuable piece of information for an enterprise that is treated as confidential and that gives that enterprise a competitive advantage. Maltese companies are increasingly exposed to the misappropriation of trade secrets and valuable knowhow from employees and competitors. On the 8 June 2016 a new Directive was adopted by the European Parliament and Council with the aim of standardising national laws in EU countries against the unlawful acquisition, disclosure and use of trade secrets. This Directive must be transposed in Maltese law by the 9th June 2018, and will introduce new legal and judicial measures to help companies protect their trade secrets. This Seminar will give an overview of current Maltese law in the area, and will delve into the new directive and its future application in the Maltese legal context, giving practical guidance and useful examples.
DR THOMAS BUGEJA recently joined the International Practice team at Fenech and Fenech Advocates. Having just completed his LL.D at the University of Malta, Thomas has taken a close interest in Employment law, previously throughout his work practice with a leading local law firm and recently in his new post at Fenech and Fenech Advocates. Thomas takes particular interest in the legal aspect and developments brought about by the increasing use of social media platforms at the workplace and the intersection between Employment Law and ICT Law. His LLD Thesis entitled: “The Social Media implications on employment: A Legal Minefield” explores the various Employment law intricacies which are created through the use of social media and which increasingly include Data Protection law considerations, human rights aspects, Intellectual Property and defamation law amongst others.