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ID:

351

Date:

2008-11-18

Headline:

Invention Secrecy Up Slightly in 2008

Reporter's name:

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Secrecy News

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The Federation of American Scientists used FOIA to obtain information about the number of secrecy orders imposed and rescinded in FY2008 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The cumulative number - just above 5,000 - rose slightly over the year. Government agencies use "secrecy orders" to protect information in patent applications from disclosure when the release of the information could be "detrimental to national security."

Keywords:

patent, trademark, secrecy orders, patent applications

URL:

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2008/11/invention_secrecy.html


Agencies:

DOC

States:

DC

Categories:

classified information
government property
national security
technology


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