To Disclose Or Not To Disclose: Trade Secrets Vs. Patents

Law360, New York (September 25, 2017, 11:19 AM EDT) -- When a business develops valuable information not known to its competitors, it is often faced with a difficult and important decision: whether to disclose that information and seek federal patent protection, or to maintain the information’s confidentiality relying instead on state trade secret protections. While both options require a nuanced analysis of the subject business and its particularized needs, this article provides several guiding principles to aid the decision-making process.

Overview

As an initial matter, it is important to understand the high-level differences between patents and...
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