Re: Hybrid cars
Originally Posted by reg
Check out patentable Trade Secrets.
I may be wrong.
I think you are. Trade secrets are just that and a separate issue, you don't patent them because then they are exposed to public scrutiny. A patent is only enforceable if it is known for obvious reasons.
For example the formula for Coca Cola has never been patented but is a trade secret and jealously guarded.
It is quite legal to reverse engineer a trade secret and reproduce it because it is not patented.
Patents protect the details but trade secrets might protect things like method of production.