1. Law - European Union (EU) - UK - technology transfer agreements.
For the purposes of regulating technology transfer agreements, EU and UK law define know-how as:
- " a package of practical information, resulting from experience and testing, which is:
- (i) secret, that is to say, not generally known or easily accessible,
- (ii) substantial, that is to say, significant and useful for the production of the [relevant goods or services], and
- (iii) identified, that is to say, described in a sufficiently comprehensive manner so as to make it possible to verify that it fulfils the criteria of secrecy and substantiality."
- EU Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation 316/2014 - retained EU law in UK.
2. Other contexts.
Technical or practical knowledge gained from research or experience, that enables an individual or organisation in possession of it to implement a process.
Examples include the successful use of a patent.
Know-how is sometimes written knowhow.
Know-how is sometimes known as "procedural knowledge".