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The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection by Bob Zeidman

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8. Trade Secrets

The precise language by which a trade secret is defined varies by jurisdiction, as do the particular types of information that are subject to trade secret protection. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines trade secrets as follows:

Trade secrets/undisclosed information is protected information which is not generally known among, or readily accessible to, persons that normally deal with the kind of information in question, has commercial value because it is secret, and has been subject to reasonable steps to keep it secret by the person lawfully in control of the information.

8.1 The History of Trade Secrets

Some claim that the earliest intellectual property laws were to protect trade secrets. In ancient ...

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