Trade secrets have been protected in Poland since the 1920s, with violating a trade secret traditionally considered an act of unfair competition (a type of a civil wrong). This approach will not change with the implementation of the Directive. The Polish government intends to amend the Act on Combatting Unfair Competition to address the issues covered in the Directive while leaving the basic framework of protection intact.
The bill amending the Act on Combatting Unfair Competition was passed by the Sejm (lower house of the Parliament) on 5 July 2018 and signed into law by the President on 8 August 2018.
The bill implementing the Directive came into force on 4 September 2018.