The EU Directive on the Protection of Trade Secrets and its Relation to Current Provisions in Germany Hoeren Thomas In June 2018, the deadline for the implementation of a new act reforming the trade secret law expired. This contribution examines the underlying EU Directive on the protection of trade secrets (Directive (EU) 2016/943, hereinafter “Directive”) and outlines the differences compared to the current legislation concerning trade secrets in Germany. Furthermore, the legal nature of trade secrets and possible consequences for the industrial practice are illustrated. Know how protection directive implementation whistleblowing 340 periodical academic journal JIPITEC 9 2 2018 138 145 2190-3387 urn:nbn:de:0009-29-47257 http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0009-29-47257 hoeren2018