Workshop 18

Business Secrets: the next big revolution ?

Do’s and don’ts in the protection and valuation of trade secrets: a practical management approach

Confidentiality is a leverage for businesses to increase competitiveness and research innovation and sometimes the only way to protect strategic commercial and technical information.

Companies and universities value and rely on know-how and trade secrets but do not always fulfil the compliance conditions in order to safeguard the confidentiality chain (especially where open source, several levels of researchers and PHD students are involved) and to adopt the reasonable measures requested to enforce a protection in Court. In-house and attorney’s international best practices in different industries in Asia, the EU and USA will provide useful guidelines with a special focus on collaborative research, including cross-border cooperation in R&D and Joint Development agreements under the angle of background and foreground IP, and suggest compliance protocols in order to avoid (but also the remedies available in case of) unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of trade secrets by employees, business partners and competitors.

Start Time: 16:00
End Time: 17:30

Drummond East
Le Centre Sheraton Montréal 1201 Boul. René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC, H3B 2L7