Taking up trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets (in that order), [this article] will attempt to summarize briefly the ways in which such rights arise, are perfected, and are enforced. It will also discuss a hypothetical in which all of these options will be discussed in a comparative way. Finally, it will suggest that basic improvements in the area could be realized by dispensing with the often confusing and arbitrary subject matter distinctions which characterize the various subparts of the present intellectual property system.
IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology
Thomas G. Field, Jr.,"Brief Survey of and Proposal for Better Reconciliation of the Options in Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Related Law," 26 IDEA 57 (1985).