How to Keep the Lid on your ‘Secret Sauce’
January 26, 2017
For decades, companies have turned to the patent system to protect their inventions. Patents provide broad protection by granting an effective monopoly against competitors for 20 years—a monopoly that often survives the effective shelf-life of the invention in the marketplace. The tide, however, is undoubtedly changing. Patents in key sectors such as software are becoming more difficult to obtain and protect. Many believe the patent system is under assault in light of the newly created patent office inter-partes review procedures, numerous attempts by US Congress to curtail patent enforcement, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank. Given this perceived uncertainty, many companies are turning to trade secret protection to guard their intellectual property. Should your company be following suit?
The articles on our website include some of the publications and papers authored by our attorneys, both before and after they joined our firm. The content of these articles should not be taken as legal advice. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or official position of Robins Kaplan LLP.
Christine Yun Sauer
If you are interested in having us represent you, you should call us so we can determine whether the matter is one for which we are willing or able to accept professional responsibility. We will not make this determination by e-mail communication. The telephone numbers and addresses for our offices are listed on this page. We reserve the right to decline any representation. We may be required to decline representation if it would create a conflict of interest with our other clients.
By accepting these terms, you are confirming that you have read and understood this important notice.