On 9 June 2018, the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations (the Regulations) will come into force in the UK, implementing the provisions of the EU Trade Secrets Directive.
As the UK already has a strong and well-established legal framework for protecting trade secrets, these new regulations are unlikely to have much practical impact for businesses in the UK. The Regulations will not replace the current regime – they are intended to supplement and sit alongside the existing common law (case law) in relation to trade secrets and confidential information. The impact of the Trade Secrets Directive is most likely to be felt in those EU countries that currently lack legal protection for trade secrets.