Attys Lean Toward Trade Secrets To Avoid Alice Headaches

By Ryan Davis (July 17, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision means that many computer-related inventions may not be patent-eligible, prompting some companies to consider using trade secrets to protect their intellectual property instead. Here's what companies should know before shifting their IP focus to trade secrets.

Since the high court ruled in June 2014 in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International that abstract ideas implement using a computer are not eligible for a patent, scores of software and business patents have been struck down. As a result, many companies are wondering whether it is worth the effort to seek computer-related patents that may never be...

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