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On Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 I addressed a seminar on trade secrets, patents, copyrights, design rights, semiconductor topographies and plant varieties. Although I delivered my talk without slides I have ...
On Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 I addressed a seminar on trade secrets, patents, copyrights, design rights, semiconductor topographies and plant varieties. Although I delivered my talk without slides I have prepare these as an aide mémoire for those who attended the talk. They are supplemented by an accompanying handout.
Patent law developed during the industrial revolution when technology meant new products and processes but it now includes software, data, silicon chips and new plant and seed varieties. Consequently patents are fine for protecting developments in manufacturing but not quite so good protecting the new information based industries.
In addition to my overview of these rights I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of patents as opposed to trade secrets law. I suggested a simple IP strategy for most and discussed enforcement.