image Game Changer not Game Over image Global Capital Confidence Barometer

Drop us a line...

Send Message

Driven by the furious pace of technological advancement, companies across industries are engaged in an unprecedented race to innovate. To win business, companies must not only be smarter, quicker and more agile in their approach to innovation, but also transform how they protect the very innovations that define them.

Amid this high-speed race, the attention that companies give to protecting their trade secrets can mean the difference between success and failure. It’s why an IT company will go to great lengths to safeguard its software algorithms, a life science company will conceal its early testing procedures and an ecommerce firm will closely guard its supply chain and logistics techniques.

To better understand the role trade secrets play in today’s digital age, Baker McKenzie partnered with Euromoney Institutional Investor Thought Leadership to examine how the leaders of multinational companies view their trade secrets, who they see as the greatest threats to those secrets, and what they do to protect them.

Drawing on the survey responses of over 400 senior executives across five industries, we found that these executives place great importance on trade secrets. In fact, half said their trade secrets were more important than their patents and trademarks. Even more (69%) said they foresee trade secret protection becoming more critical than safeguarding other types of intellectual property given the rapid pace of tech innovation.

However, our survey results also revealed that companies are not taking basic steps to preserve their trade secrets, reflecting a disconnect between the level of importance that corporate executives place on this type of intellectual property and what their companies are actually doing to protect them.

Project Details

A global survey and report, aiming to understand the role trade secrets play in today’s digital age. The report examines how the leaders of multinational companies view their trade secrets, who they see as the greatest threats to those secrets, and what they do to protect them.

  • Global
  • June 2017

Recent Entries

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

About us

Thought Leadership Consulting creates thought-provoking content for global business leaders.

With a team of independent journalists, experienced editors and professional marketers, we create reports, surveys, blogs, articles, videos and infographics. All of our content is unbiased, original, research-driven and audience-led.

London (HQ)
Connect with us
New York
  • Hippodrome Building, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, USA
  • +1 212 224 3300
Hong Kong
  • 27/F, 248 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
  • +852 2581 1981