Trade Secrets: What are they, exactly? What do I need to know? (2020) 1 CPD Unit


An overview of trade secrets and confidential information as Intellectual Property (IP) protection.


Learning Outcomes:

​An overview of trade secrets and confidential information as Intellectual Property (IP) protection.

  • A primer on the status of trade secrets and confidential information as IP protection in Australia.
  • Trade secret management for protection, enforcement and defence of IP rights.
  • Recent trade secret law changes in China, USA and the EU.
  • Interplay with current uncertainty in relation to patents.

About your Speaker: Gavin Adkins, Griffith Hack

With experience as a prosecuting patent attorney and a technical background in chemistry, Gavin’s practice now centres around IP litigation and commercial legal advice. Gavin’s aim is to come to grips with the technology, commercial landscape and legal challenges quickly and move on to providing pragmatic and candid advice.

In his previous roles and during his time at Griffith Hack he has assisted clients with litigation raising issues in patents, designs, trade marks, the Australian Consumer Law, contractual disputes, domain names and copyright infringement. Gavin has been published in leading industry journals, written chapters in IP reference texts and received university prizes for his academic performance. However, Gavin is most satisfied when he’s helped a client achieve a great result. “It’s really satisfying helping clients work through tough situations to achieve a commercial result.”

  • Principal Lawyer at Griffith Hack
  • Australian Legal Practitioner
  • Registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney
  • Master of IP – University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) – La Trobe University

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