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The Role of Trade Secrets in Today’s Nanotechnology Patent Environment
Volume 5, Issue 1

Scott W. Cummings, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC

Current and anticipated changes in the patent landscape are analyzed for potential effects on current nanotechnology-related intellectual property strategies. These changes should prompt a reassessment of how nanotechnology-related intellectual property is captured, transferred and enforced. An approach that actively seeks to combine patent and trades secret protection can provide a synergy that cannot be obtained by favoring one form of protection over the other. For instance, combining patent and trade secret assets in licensing agreements optimize revenue generation potential for the intellectual property owner. With regard to enforcement, the ability to assert both patent and trade secret claims against an opponent maximizes the chances of a successful outcome for the intellectual property owner.

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