Protecting food industry innovations as the scope of patentable subject matter narrows
As seen in The Record Reporter
Strong intellectual property increases the value of a company. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets are some avenues to protect intellectual property, but understanding when they’re available and understanding their costs and benefits can be complicated. Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of “patentable subject matter”—the types of inventions that initially qualify for patent protection. The narrowed scope affects a wide range of patents, including those in the food industry. As the scope narrows, other types of protection, like trade secrets, can become more attractive.