The business of trade secrets

This guest blog post is provided by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) which is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.

What is a trade secret?

Broadly speaking, a trade secret is virtually anything that is confidential and that is of value to the business as a consequence of that secrecy.

Common types of trade secrets in business

Although there is no legislation that specifically protects trade secrets in Canada, information may be protected as a trade secret if it is not publicly available or generally known within the industry, and if reasonable steps are taken to keep it secret.

Ways to protect trade secrets

How long does protection last?

Protection lasts for as long as you are successful in maintaining the secrecy of the information.

Remember, once your secret is out, it loses its business value. It's in your best interest to use as many methods as possible to ensure your trade secrets stay secret!

Need more info?

Explore to find more information on the various types of intellectual property protection available to you, such as patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design.

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