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On 27 May 2016, the European Council formally adopted the"Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure" (Directive). The Directive was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 15 June 2016 and will come into force on 5 July 2016 after which Member States have two years to incorporate the provisions into national law.

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