The German Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Geschäftsgeheimnisgesetz – GeschGehG) entered into force on April 26, 2019.1 It implements Directive (EU) 2016/943 (Trade Secrets Directive).2 As stipulated in the Directive, the GeschGehG inter alia provides for specific procedural measures to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets during the course of legal proceedings. The classification of certain information as confidential (Sec. 16 (1) GeschGehG) prohibits the parties to disputes concerning trade secrets and any other person participating in such disputes to use and disclose the information in question, and all participants are ordered, with the threat of penalties, to keep the information confidential (Sec. 16 (2) GeschGehG).3 The right of third parties to inspect the court files pursuant to Sec. 299 (2) of the German Code of Civil Procedure (Zivilprozessordnung – ZPO) is restricted. Sec. 19 (1) GeschGehG allows for a complete exclusion of third parties and for a restriction to certain people of a party who may receive knowledge of the proceedings’ content and course. Finally, according to Sect. 19 (1) GeschGehG, the court has a broad discretion to order further specific measures that it considers necessary for achieving the purpose of the non-disclosure of the information in question.