The implementation has been done by means of a special statutory law, the Law on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Wet bescherming bedrijfsgeheimen), which entered into force on 23 October 2018. It also contains some changes to the Civil Code (on the statute of limitations) and to the Code of Civil Procedure (for procedural aspects).
The legislative process has been completed.
The law closely follows the Directive. The subjective term of the statute of limitations is five years from the date that the holder became aware of the infringement. The objective term is 20 years after the fact.
There are three additions to the protection awarded by the Directive: