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How the America Invents Act Increases the Importance of Trade Secrets


Cost: There is no cost to attend this program, however, registration is required.


In Seyfarth’s fourth installment in its series of 2013 Trade Secret Webinars, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, Seyfarth attorneys will address how the America Invents Act impacts the value of trade secret and patent protection, and what the implications may be for technology innovators.

The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:

  • Determining whether your innovations qualify for trade secret or patent protection or both.
  • The trade secret and patent implications of the “first to file” and “prior commercial use” changes under the America Invents Act.
  • Considerations on how to establish your position for the expanded "prior commercial use" defense, and the potential shortcomings.
  • Considerations for protecting the potential for patent application filing while taking advantage of trade secret best practices: having your cake and eating it too.

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*CLE: Seyfarth has applied for CLE credit in IL, NY, and CA. If you would like us to pursue CLE credit in any additional states, please contact Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this webinar, the registrant must be present for the entire session.