Trade Secrets and Patent Protection: Protecting Intellectual Property


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Lucille comes up with an innovative way to market to her clients. This business secret is likely something that can be protected by:

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1. Marcus patents a car that runs solely on grass clippings. How long will Marcus own the property rights to this invention?

2. Jenna wants to sue Jill for patent infringement. Jenna should file her case in:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the ways intellectual property is protected. Topics you'll be assessed on include the court where you would file a lawsuit for patent infringement and a cause of action regarding unauthorized use of confidential information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Example of confidential business information providing a competitive edge
  • Patent duration for inventions or improvements to tangible and functional objects
  • Court where you would file a lawsuit for patent infringement
  • Cause of action regarding unauthorized use of confidential information
  • Conditions that need to be met for information to be considered a trade secret

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on protecting intellectual property
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding federal and state courts roles in protecting intellectual property and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about patent and trade secret laws

Additional Learning

The lesson called Trade Secrets and Patent Protection: Protecting Intellectual Property provides even more information. You can learn to:

  • Define proprietary information
  • Describe what a patent is and how patents are protected
  • Relate the term 'trade secret' to intellectual property
  • Contrast trade secrets with patents
  • Understand how trade secrets are protected