Your Online Guide to Safeguarding and Registering Your Trade Secrets


Filing a US provisional patent application describing your trade secret with internal security measures is the best way to protect your trade secret.

Benefits of Trade Secret Registration:

  • Identify with specificity your trade secret;
  • Serve as a leverage for a future patent application, if desired;
  • Self-authenticating USPTO Records to be use in court;
  • Proof of when trade secret were acquired; and
  • Maintain total secrecy at the USPTO.

Per the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a trade secret:

All three elements are required; if any element ceases to exist, then the trade secret will also cease to exist.

Otherwise there is no limit on the amount of time a trade secret is protected.

The intellectual property experts of Cislo & Thomas LLP help companies protect valuable trade secret information by:

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