The only possible IP protection is a trade secret. However, trade secrets are inadvertently disclosed in investment disclosures or to prospective customers. The article offers a solution to this dilemma by creating emphasis on the continued retention of the secret, even though confidentiality of it could have been dissipating.
William L. O'Brien, Trade Secret Reclamation: An Equitable Approach in a Relative World, 21 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 227 (2003)