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Re: trade secrets

Not completely true. Trade secrets are neither published, patented,
nor copywrited. The formula for Coke is an example. There are
instances in the scientific/engineering world.

On 1/11/10, Bill Moss <bill.moss@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In the scientific and engineering community, when one has a
> real secret process or knowledge, one copyrights or patents
> said idea/process. Otherwise, everything is shared. Imagine
> if Einstein had kept the photoelectric effect secret in 1905
> or Shotkey the Fermi charge interchange junction that lead
> to the transistor.
> I have published most of my work in technical journals, even
> when working for large companies and patented or been part
> of a company patent when money was to be made, publishing
> afterwards. For example, I am a principal investigator on
> the patents for amorphous silicon solar cells, fluidized bed
> coal combustion and electric generation from tides.
> In the software field, had not Bell Labs published Unix in
> the 1980's, there would be no Linux, no Microsoft Windows,
> no Mac OSX. This is true for the C language, Perl, Python,
> the GUI interface (Xerox PARC).
> What I am saying is that if someone has the skill to perform
> a complex task, than their trade secrets are usually either
> something that cannot be patented or copyrighted due to
> their being common or prior art, or simply a sales pitch. In
> this context I show people how to do things (its called
> teaching graduate school) in the knowledge that the tasks we
> perform are so complex that we are not in direct competition
> save perhaps for recognition.
> --
> William (Bill) Moss
> billmoss@xxxxxxx
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> 6 July 1775
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