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I'm starting my own supplement business and want to protect my formulas because while there are similar products on the market, I believe mine are different enough because of the nutrients I use, and they will be more effective. I'm concerned that once people find out that I can eliminate migraines for the vast majority of people, my formula will be copied.

Lawyer's Assistant: What written documentation do you have?

Not sure what you mean, I have my first shipment with a label I designed with my company name. My formula is on the label and the manufacturer has it.

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No just started reading about this when a friend mentioned it yesterday.

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I'm at the beginning stages but I don't think a patent is the right way to go. Sounds too expensive and takes too long

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IP Lawyer: PhillipsEsq, Attorney-at-Law replied 6 months ago

Patent would not be a way to go. Secret formula for your ingredients would be proper. So, you should be looking at applying for Trade Secrets Protection. Several companies can have the same ingredients listed on their products' labels. However, the effectiveness of the products would depend on the formulas-- how much of the ingredients are actually in the product, etc. For information on Trade Secrets Protection, click here.

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