Trade secrets and patents have significant overlap in terms of the subject matter that can be covered. However, each presents radically different protections for the inventor.

Trade secrets require no disclosure to persons outside the organization who are not subject to a secrecy or other agreement; while patents require full disclosure to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for the right to exclude others from practicing the invention. Determining which route to follow requires careful consideration of the technology and likelihood of reverse engineering.

Contact our offices today at our toll-free number: (888) 237-4529 for a free consultation to determine which avenue would be right for you.