Faire signer une entente de confidentialité pour une technologie faisant l’objet d’une demande de brevet publiée?

Voir Tewari De-Ox Systems v. Mountain States Avril 2011

La Cour d’appel examine une décision dans laquelle:

The district court concluded that “[a]s MTSR’s exhibit BB describes in detail . . .every specific of Tewari’s claimed trade secret was either disclosed in the 2004 patent applications or already disclosed and known in the industry. . . .” (emphasis added).

Or la Cour souligne:

We further explained that “a trade secret can exist in a combination of characteristics and components each of which, by itself, is in the public domain, but the unified process, design and operation of which in unique combination, affords a competitive advantage and is a protectible secret.” Id. (quoting Imperial Chem., Nat’l Distillers & Chem. Corp., 342 F.2d 737, 742 (2d Cir. 1965)).

Donc, bien sûr, l’information d’une demande de brevet publiée n’est pas secrète, mais la combinaison de cette information avec du “knowhow”, etc. pourrait encore être considéré comme un secret qu’on voudra protéger par une entente de confidentialité.

Voir l’analyse de Patently-o

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