The only way to have a "trade secret," which by nature is secret, to be considered "intellectual property" would be to register them in some form like a patent and protect them under the law! Which f course would make them public. I should note that in the act of suing in the courts you would have to make said "trade secret" part of the public record along with proof of when, where and how the "secret" was derived and your opponent in defense would have to produce the same and both would become part of the public record and as such not "secret." Finally, it should be noted that individuals and corporations within the same industry posses the same skill sets. They could develop the same formulas and processes independent of each other and within the same time frame. I learned early on that the only way to keep a secret is not to tell or admit it to anyone because the only way for two people to keep a secret is if one of them were dead.