Trade Secrets: A Guidebook for Technical and Business Professionals Involved in Legally Protecting Products Technologies and Services

October 1, 2012


Trade secrets can be a valuable component of an intellectual property (IP) portfolio, whether as a complement to patents or as an alternative. Companies benefit from an IP portfolio that matches the unique benefits of trade secrets and patents to the types of information they seek to protect. Trade secret protection can be available immediately, without going through a government agent, whereas a patent is available only after an application to and approval by the government. And unlike patents, trade secrets provide IP protection of potentially infinite duration. Trade secret protection is also available for a broad array of information for which patents are not available.

Chapters include:

  • What Is a Trade Secret?
  • Trade Secrets Versus Patents?
  • Trade Secrets Versus Patents at a Glance
  • Keeping Trade Secret Information Secret
  • What is Trade Secret Misappropriation?
  • Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Criminal Enforcement of Trade Secrets
  • The Flip Side of Trade Secrets: How Not to Misappropriate

Download the Foley Hoag Guidebook to Trade Secrets eBook (.pdf)