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BREAKING NEWS: Today (Wednesday, April 27, 2016) the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act. This Act allows companies to file civil lawsuits for trade secrets theft under the federal Economic Espionage Act. Currently, only criminal cases may be lodged by prosecutors. Private civil cases, on the other hand, must be filed under state law. The bill has already been passed by the Senate and is now headed to the president’s desk. The Obama administration “strongly supports” the bill.
One of the most famous trade secrets of all time is KFC’s secret recipe “blend of 11 herbs and spices” used on its Kentucky Fried Chicken.
For years, people have tried to uncover or replicate this secret recipe without success. Interestingly, in August of this year the secret recipe may have been shared with Jay Jones of the Chicago Tribune.
Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided that the sequence of poses that make up Bikram yoga is not copyrightable. Among other implications, this shows that each intellectual property protection has its boundaries, and creators need to be careful to know which sandbox they are playing in and act (and register) accordingly.
Many times, patents, trademarks, and copyrights work together, and it can quickly get confusing.
Currently, design patents are typically sought through country-by-country filing and prosecution. However, on May 13, 2015 options for inventors of designs will change.