UEAPME on Trade Secrets in Europe

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Know-how or confidential business information (trade secrets) are important for the competitiveness of European businesses. These intangible assets are fundamental to their innovation and research efforts. Their adequate and harmonised protection across Europe therefore represents an invaluable factor for growth and jobs.

A Belgian research-based SME, a 3rd generation family-owned Italian stainless steel producer and a European SME association reflect on the importance of trade secrets, provide a practical case study and analyse how EU legislation will foster innovation and strengthen competitiveness in the EU.


As the European SME umbrella organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level, UEAPME incorporates 80 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members.

UEAPME represents more than 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe. The majority of UEAPME members are micro-entreprises with fewer than 10 employees. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner and is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation.

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