Methods of Dealing with Properietary Information in the Transfer of Technology.
NIOSH 1981 Jan:225-231
Proprietary information and the means for the dissemination of such information was addressed. Proprietary rights were defined as including patent rights, trade secrets and confidential company information. Patents provided a guarantee to the patentee the exclusive use of the technology for 17 years. Trade secrets and confidential information were information that the company wished not to divulge, but which could be licensed. Factors involved in business decisions to maintain proprietary information as a patent or trade secret were considered. The licensing of patents for royalty payments were noted to increase the value of the patented information whereas the licensing of trade secrets or confidential information was noted to decrease the value of the information due to the dilution factor. The access of the public domain to the information was the determining factor with regard to the value of licensing. The problem of antitrust cases was discussed with regard to how members of industry could conduct joint research and development activities. It was emphasized that the problem was a major consideration in dealing with industrial hazards such as worker exposure, consumer exposure, contamination, and product liability. The author concludes that there is great need for the members of industry to discuss the nature of proprietary information impacting on safety and workplace hazards.
Regulations; Workplace-studies; Industrial-education; Industrial-design; Industrial-engineering; Industrial-processes; Information-systems; Information-processing;
Symposium Proceedings. Control Technology in the Plastics and Resins Industry, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 81-107