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Contemporary Intellectual PropertyLaw and Policy

Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (6th edn)

Abbe Brown, Smita Kheria, Jane Cornwell, and Marta Iljadica
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date: 07 December 2023

p. 69717. Breach of confidencelocked

p. 69717. Breach of confidencelocked

  • Abbe Brown,
  • Smita Kheria,
  • Jane Cornwell
  •  and Marta Iljadica


This chapter discusses contemporary law and policy relating to the protection of confidential information. It considers the key elements of breach of confidence: the nature of confidential information, circumstances imparting obligations of confidence, and unauthorised use of confidential information. The chapter also considers the increasing impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998). The chapter summarises some key cases to give examples of the issues that arise (eg in the employment context), discusses the evolving relationship between secrecy and innovation, and the impact of other forms of information control. The impact of Trade Secrets Directive, including post-Brexit, is also discussed.

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