While we are on the subject of trade secrets, I would like to expand it to patents. The US Patent office today does not check the claims against old patents. They just grant the patent and then let the company defend it. Folks these so called patents that are out there for cylind3er locks really smell fishy to me, because they take advantage of warding (at least 1200 years old).
Oh well, I'm probably wrong, but thats the way I feel about it.
Check out Medeco V. Al Levy of Guarantee Lock in an import case, around 1982, 83. Medeco banged him in the Customs Court House in NY, to try to stop Levy from importing Medeco blanks made in his factory in Portugal. When Medeco rep took the stand, Levy asked him, "How much does it cost you to make a Medeco blank?". Medeco refused to answer, Levy won the judgement on the subsquent default.
Hey guys. Just doing a spot of surfing and came accross this tid-bit of
info. It's a long read, but is sooo relavent to this NG.