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Trade Secrets

What Is Protected?

In principle, any information which does not need to be published or distributed to persons who are not contractually bound to keep it secret, may be protected as a commercial secret. Trade secrets need not be recorded or documented in writing. Such secrets may include customer lists, work methods which streamline production processes, production and distribution information, and information concerning R&D which is conducted by the company.

Main Elements

A trade secret is any instrument, information processing, or formula which enables the achievement of a competitive edge, be it as temporary as it may. Even information that is in the public domain, but whose utility in a certain field is unknown, may be regarded as a commercial secret.


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