Economic Intelligence – The Protection of Business Secrets

Start Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
End Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
Category: Professional Practice
Venue: ENM Paris
Country: France
Leading organisation: ENM (French National School for the Judicary)
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Language(s): French
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Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Myriam Eleore
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Contact phone: +33 144419954

Course Description

Economic intelligence, which is unfortunately often misused by and associated with questionable companies, is a notion generally poorly understood, especially by judges who, until now, have received no instruction or training to make them better aware of the issues involved. However, this concept is just as essential in business life as it should be to judges in practice. Indeed, through legal proceedings, genuine attempts can be made to manipulate judicial action, and destabilise a competitor's business; this can even go so far as obtaining, if not legally, in any case  judicially, information about competitors, sometimes concerning the very essence of their business activity. This can be the case for certain simple claims, but also through joining procedures as a civil party. Civil proceedings are not spared, particularly through "in futurum" actions. It is therefore necessary to shed light on the protection of business secrets and to develop the related concepts of intellectual property, infringement and attachment.

Course teaching method:
The principles of international criminal cooperation, both inside and outside the European Union (the various instruments of cooperation and their practical implementation), will be presented during this cycle as well as the particular mechanisms and their utilization in specific areas (financial crimes, drug trafficking, cyber crime). Finally, a roundtable will attempt to define the possible evolution of international cooperation in criminal matters over the coming years. This session, which is both theoretical and practical, will involved the participation of professors, civil servants or judges in charge of cooperation (French Ministries of the Interior and Justice, Europol, Eurojust, Olaf, Tracfin, National Judicial Customs Service) and judges serving in jurisdictions, who can share their experience in this area.