Trade secrets

As is clear from the name, a Patent & Trademark Resource Center offers help with patents and trademarks. The two other forms of intellectual property -- copyrights and trade secrets -- are not part of the mandate.  

Most librarians can point you to the Copyright Office website, which contains all you need to know. Trade secrets are more complicated and mysterious; there's no federal website addressing this type of intellectual property, though the USPTO does have a page covering it, and a short video.

The links below offer additional guidance.

  • This North Carolina legislation is an example of how trade secrets are treated under the law, with helpful definitions of terms.
  • This free guide to trade secrets is written in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers, though it is aimed at company lawyers and managers.
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization gives a definition "trade secret" and offers links to further information on this page.
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