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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 

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) 
iii. Mortgage and seizure 
iv. Licensing 
v. Prohibition of unauthorized use 
vi. Infringement 
F. Exception to the rights conferred: Compulsory licensing: 
i. Introduction 
ii. Cases of compulsory licensing 
iii. Conditions of compulsory licensing 
iv. Doha Declaration 
G. Cancellation of a Patent registration 
H. Assignment by the owner 
I. Expiry of the Patent 
J. Non-payment of fees 
K. Forfeiture or revocation in cases of abuse
1. Requirements for Patentability: 
i. Novelty 
ii. Inventive Step (Non-obviousness) 
iii. Industrial applicability 
iv. 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