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Trade Secrets

Module WI001217

This Module is offered by Chair of Corporate and Intellectual Property Law (Prof. Ann).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

WI001217 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to basic concepts of Trade Secret Law.
Topics covered are:
- Economic importance of trade secrets
- Concept of protection of trade secrets and differentation from Intellectual Property rights
- Main risk areas (HR, IT, outsourcing, cooperation, etc.)
- Risk management (legal and actual protection)
- Judicial enforcement of the protection of trade secrets
- Export control and situation in other countries

Learning Outcome

At the end of this lecture students will be able to,
1. understand the basic principles of trade secret law,
2. grasp the legal framework of business activity
3. analyse legal implications of typical business situations and to identify their options,
4. present the results of their analysis in a written memorandum.


German Business Law 1 and 2 (WI0000027, WI0000030) or corresponding knowledge.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Trade Secrets Ann, C.
Assistants: Dubov, B.Duque Lizarralde, M.
Mon, 13:15–14:45, 1402

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture will cover the theoretical aspects of the module in a discussion with the lecturer. It will also provide the opportunity to work individually or in groups an case scenarios (known and unknown), covering issues of patent law and trade secret law. The purpose is to repeat and to intensify the content discussed in the lecture and to revise and evaluate legal issues from different areas of law in everyday situations. Students will develop the ability to present these findings in a concise and well-structured written analysis.


Reader, presentations (PPT), cases (Including model answers)


Ann/Loschelder/Grosch, Praxishandbuch Know-how-Schutz

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the final assessment students will need to demonstrate to what extent they have met the learning objectives. This assessment will be held as a written exam of 60 minutes. Students will be asked theoretical questions. This will demonstrate to what extent they have memorized and understood principles of the law of patents and trade secrets.
Students will also be asked to apply their knowledge to known and fictional cases. This second part demonstrates if students have developed the required legal analytical skills. Students also need to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to fact settings not discussed in the lecture, and to evaluate the legal consequences.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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