HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Property Rights versus Public Welfare in the Protection of Trade Secrets in Developing Countries

Document Type

Article

Date

Spring 1993

Publication Title

The International Trade Journal

ISSN or ISBN

1521-0545

Volume

7

Issue

3

First Page

341

Last Page

360

Description

Most of the studies on international technology transfer deal mainly with the traditional issues of patents and trademarks. There is very little analysis of the important policy issues pertaining to trade secrets—an area that is becoming increasingly important as more and more companies maintain their technologies in the form of trade secrets rather than patents. This article analyzes the present regulatory regime on trade secrets in developing countries and concludes that the present system fails to balance the property rights of the innovator with that of the interest of the public. It addresses some major policy issues and makes certain recommendations to resolve the problem.

DOI

10.1080/08853909308523769

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