In anticipation of the implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive, the topic of know-how protection has been widely discussed. Dr Anette Gärtner, along with Sabrina Gossler, has written an article which explores the current legal situation in Germany, analyses the relevant provisions of the Directive and explains the immediate next steps for companies operating in Germany. Key messages to take from the article include the need for companies to take objective measures to safeguard confidentiality and the introduction of the Confidentiality Club, which will lead to an increase in German trade secret litigation. Please refer to the full article by Dr Anette Gärtner and Sabrina Gossler in the May issue of Mitteilungen der dt. Patentanwälte for further commentary.