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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek

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            Chicago, Illinois

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Patent or Trade Secret It?

Patent it or keep it as a trade secret - overview:

  • U.S. patent protection provides a right to exclude others from making, using and selling the patented subject in the U.S. for a limited time period.

  • Patent protection obliges the public dissemination of information embodied in the application, which must enable others to practice the invention and must disclose the best mode of practicing the invention.

  • The public is free to practice the invention when a patent expires.  It has a set maximum longevity.

  • Trade secret protection has no set time limit.  Its longevity is potentially unlimited.

  • Trade secret protection is lost if safeguards to maintain the secrecy are not sufficient.

  • Trademark secret protection is worthless against another's independent development.

  • Patent protection is enforceable against later independent development.

  • An election of trade secret protection, rather than patent protection, is usually irreversible, precluding the later filing of a patent application.

  • A patent application can be filed while maintaining trade secret protection if non-publication is requested at the time of filing, preserving the trade secret option and deferring the election until the time, if ever, a patent could issue.  more

  • Is a 'patent or trade secret it' consultation worth the cost?  That is always a business decision.

Patent or trade secret election consultations -- sometimes necessary.

questions, inquiries - contact the firm (all contact modes) or call 312.419-8055

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The firmís charges for patent versus trade secret consultations start at $240.
Further cost estimates available after initial evaluation. 
Retainer required.




The Law Office of Joan I. Norek
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
Tel.  312.419.8055   Fax 312.236.6686
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