Robert Okonowski

Robert C. Okonowski is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Robert has experience counseling clients to identify and protect their intellectual property rights and to minimize and control intellectual property risks. Mr. Okonowski focuses his practice on drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as advising on foreign patent protection for clients ranging from the start-up phase to large corporations. Robert also performs patentability, state of the art, and freedom to operate analysis with a focus on maximizing patent protection while minimizing risk.

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Patent vs. Trade Secret Strategy: A Four Factor Decision Framework

Patents and trade secrets are both valuable assets that companies can utilize to protect their innovations and establish competitive advantages in the market. Strategic IP portfolio development and management leverages both patents and trade secrets where they are most effective with the goal of maximizing protection while minimizing costs.