Know how and trade secrets

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An alternative to patent protection is keeping everything secret. For products that may not be the best protection.

Yet, specific manufacturing techniques may sometimes actually be better protected by secrecy, especially when the final product does not disclose the way it has been made.

The most outspoken Dutch example of a well kept trade secret is that of the way of producing microscopic lenses by Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek… Now some odd 300 years later, still, state of the art research is performed to find out the way he made his lenses……And it appears that he perfected commonly known techniques, at least according to this article: (in Dutch)

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