‘relying on trade secrets, often as part of a multi-pronged IP strategy alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights’
Trade secrets are already protected by state law. The problem is patents have been so watered down that they are effectively unenforceable, even if we can get them -certainly for inventors and small entities. Far more often in this era we go bankrupt before the PTO comes through for us. Even large multinationals are having trouble enforcing them. Trade secrets do nothing for the public exchange of ideas so one may build on the work of another. Anyone know how to make a Stradivarius violin?