Patent Your IP or Keep it a Trade Secret

You invented something novel? Great! Without intellectual property legal protections, your invention has little economic value. The good news is there are many sources of protection available, including patent law, trademarks and trade dress law, copyright law, trade secrets law, misappropriation law, confidentiality law and non-disclosure agreements. Most of these provide simultaneous overlapping protection, and it may be possible for you to get multiple damage awards against an infringer. . . . trade secrets, however, are a different animal.

10 Tips for a Winning Licensing Presentation

Presentations are the foundation of any licensing negotiation. It makes the case for why a company should license your IP. The secret is to make the presentation as compelling as possible to justify the time spent negotiating the IP license.

Trade Secrets – An IP That Can Last Forever

Trade secret law is the oldest form of IP protection. Trade secrets are most often in the form of inventions, know-how, and show-how information that gives you a competitive advantage. Examples of types of trade secrets include formulas, recipes, software, business processes, databases, customer lists and proprietary information. Anything that takes time, money, or effort to develop and that you don’t want your competitors to know.

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