“What is all the “hush” about?” Trade Secrets are definitely different from patents and trademarks (review past blog posts).  Trade Secrets are simply, any information, or product that doesn’t fall into that of a definition of a patent or that you consider to give you a “leg up” over your competitor to which only you and a few others (of course those bound by a non-disclosure agreement) have knowledge of.  They are usually comprised of manufacturing, industrial or commercial secrets and are not known to the world at large. According to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) ”The subject matter of trade secrets are usually defined in broad terms and includes sales methods, distribution methods, consumer profiles, advertising strategies, lists of suppliers and clients, and manufacturing processes.” Protecting your trade secret is truly your “business” ensuring that no third party has access to what you consider private.  Unfortunately, trade secrets are…       Read More

The Basics! Q&A: 6 common questions! 1.         Q:        What is Copyright law?             A:        Copyrights are part of Federal law and are sanctioned by the United States Constitution.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution states…. “To promote the progress of science and useful acts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” 2.         Q.        Does my work have to be published in order to have a copyright?             A:         No, any author or Copyright owner, if they wish to, may place a             Copyright-notice on any unpublished works that leave his/her control. 3.         Q.        What can be copyrighted?             A:        According to the US Copyright office, Copyrights protects “original” works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression.” A few examples of this are: v     Literary works v     Music/including lyrics v     Artistic drawings/paintings/sculptures v     Motion pictures…       Read More