Thursday, February 13, 2014

Patent vs. Trade Secret, Part II: Trade Secret Protection as an Alternative to Patenting

Hopefully my last post didn't scare everyone away from patents forever. Let me start this post off by saying that a strong patent portfolio is a highly valuable business resource. However, trade secrets can be just as valuable. One of the keys is knowing when it makes sense to forego patenting and instead opt for trade secret protection.

In Pennsylvania, we've adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which defines trade

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Patent vs. Trade Secret, Part I: The Downsides of Patenting

I hope it doesn't seem too out of line for my first blog post to discuss the downsides of patenting. Why would I do such a thing? To answer that, I'd like to explain a bit about why I've created this blog. Many of my clients are small businesses or individuals looking to start a small business. As an associate at an intellectual property law firm, I was often handed these types of clients, because the bigger clients usually end up in the hands of