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What advantages do patents have compared to the industrial secret?

The difference between both systems consists of patents always offering better security: any person who uses this invention without being authorised can be sued, irrespective of whether or not they were aware of the existence of this patent.In contrast, the industrial secret offers a weaker protection restricted to demanding financial compensation from any person who is obliged to respect that secret (basically employees) and who discloses or uses it in for their own benefit or for the benefit of third parties.In other words, the industrial secret only protects against espionage.

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