The present paper undertakes a comparative analysis of the legal rules governing the protection of trade secrets in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. in light of the provisions of the TRIPs agreement. The paper reviews the attempts made by legal writers to define trade secrets and the difference between trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property rights. Moreover, it discusses the definition of trade secrets according to Saudi and U.S. laws and the sources of trade secrets Law in both the U.S. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The paper explores the differences and similarities between the system of protection of trade secrets under these legal systems. The paper discusses the misappropriation of trade secrets, the violation of the honest commercial practices, and the improper use of trade secrets by third parties which raises legal responsibility. The study concludes that the Saudi regulations on the protection of trade secrets are in line with the Kingdom's obligations stemming from the TRIPs agreement. The paper found that there is a wide range of similarities between the legal regime governing trade secrets in Saudi Arabia and that of the U.S. The research revealed that there are certain issues relating to the protection of trade secrets under Saudi law need to be revised, and it suggested a regulatory reform in the Saudi trade secret regulations and the Saudi Labor law
Al-Qurashi, Ziyad Ahmed
"The Legal Protection of Trade Secrets: A Comparative Analysis of Saudi and American Trade Secret Regulations in Light of the TRIPS Agreement,"
Journal Sharia and Law: Vol. 2014:
60, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/sharia_and_law/vol2014/iss60/7