Legislative documents

The deadline for transposition of the Trade Secrets Directive expired on 9 June 2018. The German legislature had presented an initial ministerial draft (RefE), which was discussed critically, back in April 2018. The governmental draft (RefE) was published in July 2018 and subsequently debated in the German parliament. The German Trade Secrets Act has finally come into force on April 26, 2019.
All legislative documents published to date can be found through the following links:

Recommended resolution and report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection of 13 March 2019

- Act Transposing (EU) Directive 2016/943 on the protection of trade secrets against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

 

Draft bill: RegE of 18 July 2018

- German Act Transposing (EU) Directive 2016/943 on the protection of trade secrets against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

 

Ministerial draft: RefE of 19 April 2018

- German Act Transposing (EU) Directive 2016/943 on the protection of trade secrets against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure