When should we rely on trade secrecy alone rather than the patent system for protecting an invention?
should be relied on if the invention is not patentable. Further,
trade secrecy might be relied on when the process or product is one
which can be readily kept and defies reverse engineering, such as the
COCA COLA® recipes, so that the period for which its exclusivity may
be preserved is potentially longer than the term of a patent.
Last update on September 28, 2009 by Administrator.