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Patent, Publish, Or Keep Secret?

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A rudimentary flow chart for the types of decisions advisable for figuring out whether to apply for a patent for an idea, keep it confidential as a trade secret, or to publish the idea to block others from patenting the idea. Consultation with an intellectual property attorney is preferred than merely relying on this chart.

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Patent, Publish, Or Keep Secret?

  1. 1. Patent, Publish, or Keep Secret? Neat Idea Must It  Become Public? Can You  Make More  $ Than  Patenting &  Litigation  Cost? Can  Someone  Reverse  Engineer It? Trade Secret Apply For  Patents Publish  Defensively Yes No No No Yes © Copyright Frederic M. Douglas. All Rights Reserved

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