"Intersection of Patents and Trade Secrets: Often Precarious"

The two forms of protection can coexist, but their relationship requires a delicate balance for both to survive

December 13, 2010
The National Law Journal

Patent and trade secrets law offer two legally distinct methods for protection of intellectual property. Patents provide, for a limited term, the right to exclude others from practicing the patented invention in return for the dedication of information describing and enabling the practicing of the invention to the public. Trade secrets protection affords protection against the misuse of information having independent economic value maintained in secrecy by prohibiting the use and disclosure of that information by others.

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Reprinted with permission from the December 13, 2010 edition of THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL © 2010 ALM Media Properties, LLC.