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New TEDx Video: Watch John Rizvi’s Inspirational Talk For Inventors & Innovators In South Florida

I got some fantastic news last night from the organizers of TEDx: They have finally published my recent TEDx Talk on YouTube that had one critical, important message: Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is The Only Option. It was a deeply personal journey for me because it focused on key milestones in my life that changed my trajectory as a patent attorney forever and allowed me to meet some of America’s most prolific and innovative inventors. Many of them, just like myself, started out with humble beginnings before making their mark on this nation’s entrepreneurial landscape. I hope you enjoy the presentation and would sincerely appreciate it if you could share with friends, family, colleagues and any aspiring inventors. Sincerely,

Protecting Confidential Business Information Under Trade Secret Law

Sometimes the nature of a new method of doing business or a new idea does not lend itself to effective trademark, copyright or patent protection. It may still be possible to provide some protection for these ideas through contract or trade secret law.   The formula used for the Coca Cola brand soft drink is a classic example of a successful trade secret with a long life. Unlike patent, trademark, and copyright law, the law relating to contracts and trade secrets is based on state law and may differ from state to state.   Trade secrets are generally defined as proprietary or confidential information used in a business. Trade secrets must have commercial value or provide a competitive edge. Examples of trade secrets include customer or supplier lists, marketing plans, formulas for compositions (soft drinks), and manufacturing processes. In order to qualify for trade secret protection, the subject matter must be sufficiently secret so that the use of improper means […]