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Communication Studies and Philosophy
Intellectual Property can be divided into two broad categories, Patents and Copyrights or Trade Secrets. Trade Secrets as it nomenclature suggests are secrets kept for some economic reason. The classic example of a Trade Secret is the Coca-Cola formula. This formula has been the foundation of its empire yet is only protected by its right to secrecy. Trade Secret justifications are fairly clear and based on the right of privacy and personal autonomy. The key difference between Trade Secrets and Patents/Copyrights are that Patents or Copyrights are accessible to the public. Trade Secrets are required to be inaccessible and non-disclosed.
Anderson, Jason Ellis, "Philosophical Questions About the Ethics of Intellectual Property" (1998). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 913.
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