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There is no need to "register" a trade secret.  Trade secrets are protected under state law if: (1) they are economically valuable because of their secrecy, and; (3) you make reasonable efforts to keep them secret.

Trade secrecy is different than patent law in that it can last forever.  On the other hand, if someone is able to reverse engineer your device or product to find out your trade secret, then you cannot prevent them from reproducing it.  Accordingly, trade secrets are best used to protect things which are not easily reverse engineered.  Most mechanical inventions can be reverse engineered and so are not good candidates for trade secrecy protection.  Things like recipes and formulas, however, may be difficult to reverse engineer, and so may be good candidates for trade secrecy protection.

Trade secrecy can also protect things like customer lists, internal business processes and procedures, manufacturing processes, know-how, computer programs internal to a business, business methods, and the like, 

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The Law Office of Paul B. Johnson offers competitive rates on a variety of trade secret services, many of which are billed on a flat-rate basis.



  • Counseling regarding things that can or cannot be protected through trade secrecy laws
  • Counseling regarding what constitutes "reasonable efforts" to ensure that your trade secrets remain protected
  • Preparation of contractual agreements, including employee agreements, nondisclosure (NDA) and confidentiality agreements, and the like to keep your trade secrets confidential (including disclosure of whistleblower immunity provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) to enable double damages or attorney fees in trade secret litigation)
  • Managing foreign counsel to protect your trade secrets in foreign countries
  • Other counsel regarding trade secrets