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If you are an entrepreneur who has been told that your invention is ineligible for a patent, do not give up hope. Just because your creation does not qualify for a patent does not mean that it cannot be protected at all. Trade secrets may be a viable alternative, as this type of intellectual property allows for the protection of many types of information that do not qualify as patentable subject matter. A trade secret can be comprised of almost any valuable non-public information, including a process, compilation, device or technique. In short, if the information in question can be used to gain an economic advantage over one’s competition because the competition doesn’t know it, it probably qualifies as a trade secret.

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