Definition Edit

Innovation policy is a government policy that seeks to balance the rights of owners of information with the need for innovation and technological advancement.

Intellectual property law Edit

Innovation policies are especially important within intellectual property law and is the reason, for example, that patents have a limited duration, and trade secrets are limited to those secrets that provide some form of economic benefit. Too much trade secret protection can stifle innovation in others, where too little can deter those that would innovate from doing so.[1]


  1. The Role of Trade Secrets in Innovation Policy, at 2-5.

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