On 29 May 2018, SC published a column on the proposal for the Dutch trade secrets protection act. The column briefly discusses the proposed regulation for awarding legal costs in court proceedings on trade secrets (the new article 1019ie of the Dutch Code of Civil Procedure). The new regulation offers Dutch courts a possibility for a cost order that is relatively high, compared to the general standard in The Netherlands.
After questions from members of the Dutch Senate, the government gave a further explanation to the intended scope of application of the new regulation (Parliamentary Papers I 2017/18, 34 821 A-D and 2018/19, 34 821 E-H). The proposal subsequental passed the Dutch Senate, and came into effect on 23 October 2018.
Posted on 18 February 2019.