Trade Secrets Directive

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Dear Intellectual Property Office,

I would like to receive information relating to the stakeholder event held in August 2016 to discuss the Trade Secrets Directve and its implementation in the UK. I would like to receive the following information:

- when and where this event was held
- who was invited
- who attended
- the agenda and accompanying papers
- the minutes or any summary reports of the event
- plans for any follow-up events

Thanks in advance. Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

foi, Intellectual Property Office

Dear Ms Cann,

Thank you for your information request, which will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. We will reply as soon as possible within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Smith | Information Rights Manager
Intellectual Property Office | Concept House | Cardiff Road | Newport | South Wales | NP10 8QQ | www.gov.uk/ipo
Tel: +44 (0)1633 814587 | Email: [Intellectual Property Office request email]

Alison Smith, Intellectual Property Office

Dear Ms Cann,

Our records indicate that there was no such meeting held in August 2016 to discuss the Trade Secrets Directive. Is the approximate date you suggest correct?

Regards,

Alison Smith | Information Rights Manager
Intellectual Property Office | Concept House | Cardiff Road | Newport | South Wales | NP10 8QQ | www.gov.uk/ipo
Tel: +44 (0)1633 814587 | Email: [Intellectual Property Office request email]

Dear Alison Smith,

Apologies. I think it was August 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Cann

foi, Intellectual Property Office

Dear Ms Cann,

I am replying to your information request of 17 October 2017 relating to a stakeholder event to discuss the Trade Secrets Directive and its implementation in the UK.

The event was held on 27 July 2017 at the Intellectual Property Office’s London address, 4 Abbey Orchard Street, SW1P 2HT.

Attendance was by open invitation. The meeting was attended by 26 people, comprising a mixture of private individuals, members of legal firms and persons representing other organisations.

The identities of those attending is personal information which is exempt under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Section 40(2) provides that personal data about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person/is confidential.

The meeting was held for the purpose of informal discussion, there was no agenda nor accompanying papers, no minutes taken nor any summary reports of the event. No plans were made for any follow-up event. I would add that informal meetings of this sort do form part of our approach to informal consultation and are not an uncommon method for the IPO to obtain the widest range of views on an aspect of intellectual property policy.

You may feel that our response is not very informative. If that is the case we would be prepared to meet with you to discuss the IPO’s approach to seeking the views of IP stakeholders.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and you may request a review by emailing [Intellectual Property Office request email] .

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Smith | Information Rights Manager
Intellectual Property Office | Concept House | Cardiff Road | Newport | South Wales | NP10 8QQ | www.gov.uk/ipo
Tel: +44 (0)1633 814587 | Email: [Intellectual Property Office request email]

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Dear Alison Smith,

Thanks for the reply. You mention that it was an event where "Attendance was by open invitation". However, an official at the IPO told me that "... to encourage open discussion this was a closed meeting".

Please can you explain what you mean by "Attendance was by open invitation"?

Thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Cann

Alison Smith, Intellectual Property Office

Dear Ms Cann,

To clarify, the meeting was open to the public by application. Notice of the meeting was sent to subscribers of the IPO's copyright email alerts on 11 July 2017. The text of the email was as follows:

"Intellectual Property Office Event.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) is gathering stakeholder views on the transposition of Directive (EU) 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, also known as the Trade Secrets Directive. The Directive must be transposed into UK law no later than June 2018.

The IPO is holding an open roundtable meeting on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 14:00 at its offices in Abbey Orchard Street, London to discuss with stakeholders the proposed approach to transposition and to answer any questions.

If you would like to attend please email [email address] to register."

All those persons who responded, regardless of background or organisation, were welcome to attend.

You will note that the date of the event was 26 July, not the 27th as I previously stated in error. Email alert subscriptions can be created via our website from page https://www.gov.uk/topic/intellectual-pr... . For alerts concerning all types of intellectual property, subscriptions can be set up from the IPO home page at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... .

Regards,

Alison Smith | Information Rights Manager
Intellectual Property Office | Concept House | Cardiff Road | Newport | South Wales | NP10 8QQ | www.gov.uk/ipo
Tel: +44 (0)1633 814587 | Email: [Intellectual Property Office request email]

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Dear Alison Smith,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Cann