Date of Award

5-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Communication Studies and Philosophy

Abstract

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.

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Faculty Mentor

Michelfelder

Departmental Honors Advisor

Michelfelder

Capstone Committee Member

Johnson