Trade Secret: The Fourth Kind of IP

We talk a lot here about copyright, trademarks, and patents. But sometimes you don’t want to publicly disclose your invention or creations – making copyright or patent protection impractical.

Things like KFC’s 11 secret herbs and spices, and the recipe for coke are closely guarded trade secrets that have kept their strong protection for decades. But even something like a customer list, or a group of leads for a sales company can warrant trade secret protection if treated properly.

Trade secrets are the most difficult IP to maintain, because you often have to rely on others to help keep it secret. Employee agreements, and careful handling of your company’s trade secrets are vital to being able to recover should they be stolen.

Drop us a line to discuss protecting your trade secrets.