Brooklyn Journal of International Law


Thomas Landman

First Page



Trade secret law is a vital, yet often misunderstood, form of intellectual property law. As economic superpowers, both Japan and the United States realize that effective trade secret protection is essential for the prosperity of their domestic economies, and both nations have enacted laws to protect their trade secrets. While both Japan and the United States are signatories to the TRIPS agreement and therefore provide a shared baseline standard of trade secret protection, cultural and systemic differences between the two nations have resulted in differences in the way each nation implements its trade secret laws. This Note traces the history of trade secret protection in Japan and the United States, describes the laws currently in effect while highlighting their similarities and differences, and offers suggestions on how each nation could further strengthen and harmonize its trade secret laws.