Consultation outcome

Draft regulations concerning trade secrets

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

There were 19 responses to the consultation. These were from: civil society organisations, individuals, professional bodies representing the news media, legal profession, industry and licensing sectors, and organisations with an interest in IP. This document provides a summary of the responses received and the government’s response.

Regulations implementing the Trade Secrets Directive have now been laid in Parliament.

Feedback received

Responses to consultation on draft regulations concerning trade secrets

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Detail of feedback received

There were 19 responses to the consultation. The government would like to thank all those who responded.

Original consultation


The government is seeking views on draft regulations relating to trade secrets.

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Consultation description

The Trade Secrets Directive seeks to address the uneven protection of trade secrets across the EU. It provides minimum standards for measures, procedures and remedies that holders of trade secrets can rely on in cases of unlawful acquisition, use, or disclosure.

The government has launched a technical consultation on draft regulations to transpose the Directive into UK law. The government is seeking stakeholders’ views on the approach taken in the regulations.


Published 19 February 2018
Last updated 21 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Regulations laid in Parliament.
  2. Government response and feedback to the consultation added.
  3. First published.