intellectual property

Keeping your secret secret

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Secretive trade secrets

My previous tip discussed the general definition/qualifications for information to be considered a "trade secret." The next logical step is protecting that trade secret. The good news is that trade secrets are protected without any procedural formalities such as registration or certificates. Another happy fact is that the a trade secret can be protected for potentially infinite duration. For these reasons, the protection of trade secrets may appear to be particularly attractive for SMEs.

Shhhh... it's a trade secret!

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What is a trade secret?

Trade secrets can differentiate and add value to a business without the expense and formality of applying for a patent. The Uniform Law Commission drafted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("UTSA") in 1979 (since amended and supplemented) in order to better protect trade secrets for U.S. companies operating in multiple states. The UTSA aimed to create the same standards and remedies across state boundaries regarding the misappropriation of trade secrets, rather than applying the patchwork of laws that various states had created.

Tamara's Recent Presentation

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Speaking Engagement

Tamara spoke last week about "Building Value Through Intellectual Property" to the FastTrac Growth Venture participants at the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center.  Highlights included an extensive question and answer session about the ins and outs of copyright and trademark law, weighing risk vs cost, and an explanation of common law intellectual property rights contrasted against the benefits of federal protection.