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Patent and Inventing Discussion => Patent Questions and Advice => Topic started by: Tom Paparounis on August 13, 2017, 08:46:15 AM

Title: How to avoid disclosing the secret yet include details?
Post by: Tom Paparounis on August 13, 2017, 08:46:15 AM
Hi Brad, how do I include details without disclosing secrets about my invention. What makes my invention better and different from prior art, or work, are my best kept secrets! Once disclosed, the cats out of the bag, right?
Thanks Brad
Title: Re: How to avoid disclosing the secret yet include details?
Post by: Brad on August 13, 2017, 09:56:01 AM
Patents are supposed to be a trade off.  You are giving up your secrets in exchange for the government giving you a limited (20 year) monopoly on your idea.    In some cases that is a fair trade such as in high tech. where your invention will likely be outdated in 20 years but in other cases it may not be a fair trade such as keeping the secret recipe for Coke.

Basically its a business decision.   If you are okay with making the deal and giving up your secrets then file a patent.  If you would rather not give up your secrets you can consider keeping the invention as a "trade secret":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_secret