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On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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UK firms are firming up their plans for entering the Indian market after Indian law minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj’s announcement that the country’s legal market is to open. As first revealed on www.the lawyer.com (25 September), Bhardwaj said India will allow foreign firms to establish offices offering only foreign law capabilities, although a timetable for […]

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