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The Importance of Trade Secrets: New Directions in International Trade Policy Making and Empirical Research

Author(s)

Katherine Linton


Abstract

This article discusses the importance of trade secrets to small and large firms in many industry sectors. It also highlights their centrality in domestic and international policymaking. Given the practical and policy importance of trade secrets, the article describes gaps in the literature on the effects of trade secret protection on innovation, trade, and investment that warrant research attention.