Confidential know-how is basically protected under unfair competition law if:
(1) it is generally not known among or readily accessible to people within the circles that normally deal with the kind of information in question; (2) it has commercial value because it is secret; and (3) it has been subject to reasonable steps to keep it secret.
Technical confidential know-how is often complementary to patent protection. Whereas patents protect basic principles, technical details that are not readily accessible to third parties are generally kept secret.
To provide sustainable competitive advantages, it is of utmost importance that your confidential know-how is properly managed.
We assist you in implementing an IP protection strategy duly incorporating your know-how, in setting up an effective know-how management program as well as in drafting non-disclosure and know-how license agreements etc.