Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Keeping patents secret

The Patent Prospector notes that the government may impose a secrecy order on patent applications whenever the disclosure "might be detrimental to the national security."

The Federation of American Scientists, Project on Government Secrecy reports that Secrecy orders imposed on "John Does" in 2003 totaled 51; 2004 - 61; 2005 - 32 and so far in 2006 - 29.

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