Trade Secrecy in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

THE LAW AND THEORY OF TRADE SECRECY: A HANDBOOK OF CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH, Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Katherine J. Strandburg, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011

Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1430463

12 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2009 Last revised: 20 Jan 2011

Jeanne C. Fromer

New York University School of Law

Abstract

Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is well-known as a dark fantasy in which five children win a visit to a whimsical candy company. Less conspicuous is the legal issue of trade secrecy driving the novel’s plot. Secrecy is not indigenous to fictional representations of the candy industry, but is widespread throughout its real-world confectionary counterparts of today and yesteryear. An investigation of the need for secrecy in this commercial sphere raises fundamental questions about the role of legal protection for misappropriations of secrets when actual secrecy seems to be paramount and about the relationship between trade secrecy and patent law.

Keywords: trade secrets, trade secrecy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, candy, chocolate, Hershey, Mars, patent law

JEL Classification: L2, L66, O31, O34, Z1

Suggested Citation

Fromer, Jeanne C., Trade Secrecy in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. THE LAW AND THEORY OF TRADE SECRECY: A HANDBOOK OF CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH, Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Katherine J. Strandburg, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1430463. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1430463

Jeanne C. Fromer (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
United States

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