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A trade secret may consist of any formula, pattern device or compilation of information which is used in one’s business, and which gives him an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use it” [Allen Mfg. v. Loika, 145 Conn. 509, 515;118 USPQ 557 (1958)]

To constitute a trade secret a “substantial element of secrecy must exist, to the extent that there would be difficulty in acquiring information except by the use of improper means.” Town & Country House and Home services, Inc. v. Evans, 150 Conn. 314, 318 – 319.

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