Lawyer discusses merits of trade secrets vs. patenting

Bregar, Bill
April 2006
Plastics News;4/3/2006, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p12
Trade Publication
The article discusses the trade secrets of patenting. In an innovation-driven world patenting is an important process, said lawyer Steven Auvil. Auvil discussed the pros and cons of each option when facing this "fork in the road" decision of trade secret vs. patent. A patent costs from $10,000-$30,000 and the patent protection lasts for 20 years from when the application was filed. Since it takes about two years to get one, Auvil said some short-life products such as toys are not worth patenting.


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