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Should You Keep It Secret? The Pros and Cons of Trade Secrets and Patent Protection

Dilworth IP

13 December 2017

Webinar

Event Details

Wed, Dec 13, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM GMT

William Reid, Partner at Dilworth IP, will be presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, December 13th at 1:00 PM EDT entitled, “Should You Keep It Secret? The Pros and Cons of Trade Secrets and Patent Protection.” You know that protecting your intellectual property is important. A strong IP portfolio is essential to insure economic advantages over your competitors – but what type of protection should you pursue? Patents are well recognized, but in many instances, protection can be limited…or even unavailable. Other times, you may not want to publicly disclose your invention in a patent application. Trade Secret protection – while potentially much more applicable to your business needs than patents – is also more fragile; and has completely different rules of the road in terms of stewardship.

In this webinar, we will provide you – the business leaders and IP professionals of today – with practical guidance to determine which path is right for you and your company’s goals. Together, we will discuss:

•             The impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) on your IP goals and how you can best take advantages of these changes – like ex parte seizures

•             When you should consider Trade Secrets over patent protection

•             How you can work to shape your company’s Trade Secret practices to ensure they can be well asserted

We look forward to you joining our discussion!

About the Panelist

 William R. Reid is an intellectual property attorney with over fifteen years’ experience serving clients in the areas of chemicals, polymers, catalysts and chemical processes. Prior to joining Dilworth IP in January 2011, Bill was senior counsel at LyondellBasell Industries in Newtown Square, PA, where he provided support to various business units in agreement preparation and negotiation, patent drafting and prosecution, trademark prosecution, and client counseling and education. Such expertise, combined with years of industry experience as a chemical engineer at Exxon and W.R. Grace, allows Bill to bring to bear a practical, business-savvy approach to intellectual property related issues facing clients operating in a competitive business climate.

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