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Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions

from Center for Investigative Reporting via Wired

More than 10 years ago, Robert Gold sought to do what many Americans have dreamed of their whole lives: patent an idea. Gold developed a breakthrough in wireless communications that would help people speak to one another with less interference and greater security. Then it disappeared like a dropped call. The Department of Defense concluded that his invention could be a national security threat in the wrong hands and slapped Gold's patent application with a so-called "secrecy order" in 2002, which prevented him from discussing the technology with anyone. more

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