What is a trade secret?

A trade secret is confidential information that is important to a business or company, giving it a competitive edge, and is not known to the public.

Examples of trade secret include a formula, practice, process, design, commercial method, customer profiles, advertising strategies or compilation of information not generally known by others by which a business or company can obtain a valuable advantage over its competitors. There is no restriction as to the type of information that can constitute a trade secret.

Trade secrets are protected without any procedural formalities. No registration is involved and there is no specified time limit for the protection of the information.

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