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Intellectual Property Resources

This guide provides a selection of U.S. intellectual property resources including federal copyright, trademark, and patent laws and state trade secret laws.

Summary

A trade secret is a formula, process, design, or instrument that is not known to the general public and that endows an economic benefit on its owner.  For example, the formula to Coca-Cola is a trade secret because it is not known to the public and it is economically valuable to Coke.  There is no uniform federal trade secret law; instead, each state is free to legislate in this area. 

Trade Secret Laws Sources

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