Lesson 1: How Patents Intersect with other Forms of IP: Confidential Information/Trade Secrets

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ARE PATENTS AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION/TRADE SECRETS MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE OR CAN A COMPANY USE BOTH?

In some respects patents and confidential information/trade secrets are mutually exclusive since the former requires disclosure and the latter requires secrecy. However, in the early stages, until a patent is filed, there is a need to preserve your information as confidential information/trade secrets. Also, patents and confidential information/trade secrets can be combined in a ‘hybrid’ or mixed strategy.

In deciding whether to file for patent protection or rely on confidential information/trade secret protection, the following are some of the factors you should consider:

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