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Patent and Inventing Discussion => Patent Questions and Advice => Topic started by: HallieLe on December 06, 2017, 08:58:59 AM

Title: What "secret" should I kept as Trade Secret?
Post by: HallieLe on December 06, 2017, 08:58:59 AM
Hi Brad,
I read your email today and and I am not quite understand the mistake #5. I thought in the provisional application, I should layout all the details of the invention. What type of details should  I keep as secret or as trade secret and how can I protect it?
Thanks
Hallie
Title: Re: What "secret" should I kept as Trade Secret?
Post by: Brad on December 06, 2017, 09:04:07 AM
It really depends on your invention.   If its a device or physical product you should describe all of the details and features about it but you don't have to disclose things like how much it will cost to manufacture it, where you will source the parts from, who the customers may be, etc.  All of those things are more relevant for a business plan (not the patent) so I would keep them out.

A good rule of thumb is that if someone can buy your product, anything they can easily see and figure out for themselves is not really something you can keep secret anyway so you can feel okay including in your patent.   More of the "behind the scenes" type information that people cannot figure out easily from looking at your invention may be something to consider keeping out of the patent.