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A general approach for determining when to patent, publish, or protect information as a trade secret

Protecting your invention requires careful consideration of its use, your intentions, and the marketplace.

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Daizadeh, I., Miller, D., Glowalla, A. et al. A general approach for determining when to patent, publish, or protect information as a trade secret. Nat Biotechnol 20, 1053–1054 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt1002-1053

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