Hogan Lovells Wins Competitive Tender to Compile EU Report on Trade Secrets and Parasitic Copying

LONDON, 23 MARCH 20011 - Hogan Lovells has been chosen to by the European Commission to produce a comparative report on trade secrets and parasitic copying laws throughout the European Union (EU).

Following a tendering process, Hogan Lovells was chosen on 10 March 2011 to compile a high profile study aimed at providing clarification on the legal frameworks and practices, relating to trade secrets and parasitic copying, within the 27 EU member states.

The report, which is set to be conducted over a period of 6 months, will assess what degree of protection is available to companies surrounding the two areas of law and the information will be presented to the EU Commission in August 2011.

The exercise relating to parasitic copying will be undertaken by London IPMT partner David Latham and Sahira Khwaja (of counsel) and that relating to trade secret law by London IPMT partner Robert Anderson and Sarah Turner (of counsel).  They will be assisted by IPMT associate Rachael Perkin and trainee Vera McManus in the London office and a number of other Hogan Lovells' lawyers throughout Europe.

Hogan Lovells' IPMT partners suggest the study could be an important step towards harmonizing trade secret and parasitic copying laws within the EU.

Robert Anderson, IPMT Partner in the London office, said:

"We are delighted to have won the tender to complete this very high profile study on behalf of the EU Commission.  This is we believe a reflection of our strength in these areas.  The Commission not only requires professional experience but also academic credibility."

The news comes after the majority of European governments agreed to go ahead with long-awaited plans to create a common EU patent. Moves to go ahead to create a region-wide single patent, or "unitary patent protection", were approved by the Council of the European Union on 10 March and the European Commission is expected to publish draft regulations by the end of this month.


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