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Q.Why should I rely on trade secret protection, and not patent or copyright?

A.Trade secret protection is valuable because of the shortcomings in other areas of intellectual property protection. For example, while copyright may prevent others from copying certain works, it only applies to the expression of an idea and not the underlying idea itself. Similarly, while patent prevents others from using the idea, patent protection is not afforded to some things, such as recipes (which may be protected as a trade secret). In addition, both copyright and patent protection is limited to a certain number of years, while trade secret protection can last indefinitely.




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