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Module Three: Patents of Inventions and Trade Secrets

Part One: Patents of Inventions

I. Patentable Inventions 1. Types of Patents
2. Types of patentable inventions
3. Utility Models



II. Registration



III. Ownership and Rights Conferred



Part Two: Trade Secrets

I. What Constitutes a Trade Secret

Not Being Known.
The Commercial Value.
Subject to Reasonable Measures to Maintain its Secrecy.
Patents and Trade Secrets.
II. Ownership and Rights Conferred


Exclusive Right to Use, Sell or Disclose.
The Right to Prohibit Unauthorized Disclosure.
III. Trade Secrets Piracy



Breach of Contract.
Breach of Secrecy.
Third Party Acquisition.
2. Permitted Acts:

Reversed Engineering.
Attainment of Information by Independent Means.
IV. How to Protect Your Trade Secrets


Precautionary Measures14 Arab Society for Intellectual Property 2005
V. Legal Protection

Civil Protection (Civil Action)
Criminal Action
Interim Injunctions
Provisional Protection
Remedies Available
VI. Training



Four weeks of real work experience
Non-disclosure Agreements 1. Prohibited Acts Trade Secret Proprietor . 1. Ownership
A. Inventor or his Successors
B. First to File / Right of Priority
C. Employer/ Employee Relationship
D. Joint Inventions
E. Rights Conferred
i. Exclusivity of the Patents
ii. Exploitation (Use & Assignment)ab Society for Intellectual Property 2005
iii. Mortgage and seizure
iv. Licensing
v. Prohibition of unauthorized use
vi. Infringement
G. Exception to the rights conferred: Compulsory licensing:
i. Introduction
ii. Cases of compulsory licensing
iii. Conditions of compulsory licensing
iv. Doha Declaration
H. Cancellation of a Patent registration
I. Assignment by the owner
J. Expiry of the Patent
K. Non-payment of fees
L. Forfeiture or revocation in cases of abuse 1. Requirements for Patentability:
A. Novelty
B. Inventive Step (Non-obviousness)
C. Industrial applicability
D. Disclosure of the invention
2. Unregisterable Inventions
3. Registration Procedure
A. General Overview on the Procedures
B. Identification of the Invention
C. Examination (form and substance)
D. Searching
E. Acceptance and publication
F. Modification of a Patent
G. Registration form