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Cybercrimes and Trade Secret Protection


ISBN: 978-92-9469-418-8, DOI: 10.2826/112137, Catalogue number: EA-03-22-013-EN-N
Publication date
13 September 2022
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency
Publication type
  • IP Guide


New digital technologies and the Internet, in particular, have become essential tools for companies to develop, communicate and innovate. However, while technologies are more and more efficient, increasing our dependence, cybercrimes also proliferate. Theft of trade secrets via cyber intrusion is particularly concerning for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they run the risk of losing their innovations or business ideas when valuable information gets misappropriated. This guide, jointly created with the China IP SME Helpdesk, focuses on cyber security and trade secret protection in the EU and China, providing EU SMEs with an overview of cyber security risks to trade secret protection, measures SMEs can take against potential cybercrimes as well as legal recourse in case cyber-theft of IP occurs.


Cybercrimes and Trade Secret Protection