Approach to implementation 

In general, trade secrets have been protected in Slovakia by the Slovak Commercial Code (Act no. 513/1991 Coll. as amended). The Slovak legislator therefore did not introduce a new law on trade secrets but rather decided to implement the Trade Secrets Directive by amending the existing set of laws. The implementing measures clarify what an infringement of a trade secret is, widen its scope and specify further protection.

Stage of legislative process 

The legislative process has been completed. 

Timescale for implementation 

The implementing legislation is effective as of 1 January 2018.

Noteworthy points arising from the legislative changes 
  • The protection of trade secrets is covered by unfair competition provisions.

  • The limitation period for contractual claims and actions connected to the infringement and potential infringement of trade secrets is set to a maximum of six years.

  • Damages may be claimed in the amount corresponding to the minimum amount of remuneration and fees that the infringer would otherwise have to pay for a licence to use the trade secret.