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Deciding Between Patent or Trade Secret Protection

  • Gerald B. HaltJr.
  • Robert Fesnak
  • John C. Donch
  • Amber R. Stiles
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Abstract

Many companies use both patents and trade secrets to protect inventions. However, since these two forms of protection are mutually exclusive in a fundamental regard (i.e., whether or not to disclose an invention), companies must often chose between the two forms of protection. Each has advantages over the other that should be carefully considered when forming the appropriate intellectual property strategy.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald B. HaltJr.
    • 1
  • Robert Fesnak
    • 2
  • John C. Donch
    • 1
  • Amber R. Stiles
    • 1
  1. 1.Volpe and Koenig, P.C.PhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Fesnak and Associates, LLPBlue BellUSA

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