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United Arab Emirates
Undisclosed Information
45. Please explain how your legislation defines undisclosed information.
The Patent Law in Article 39 states that know-how shall be protected against any unlawful use, disclosure or communication by third parties unless it has been published or made available to the public. The following Articles 40-42 provide for provisions related to the necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality, including the contract, which must be concluded for this purposes. The by-laws of the Patent Law provide further explanations of the conditions needed to protect undisclosed information. The Civil Service Act prevents from any disclosure of information made by public servants. The by-laws of the Patent Law provide detailed conditions to be observed by the registration agent and the Registration Committee, including the observance of the principles of the profession and the enforcement of the Law. In all cases, the holder shall take the necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality of its information.