Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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

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

What is known about secrecy orders is largely the result of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by groups like the Federation of American Scientists, an independent, nonpartisan think tank. Those documents show that the overall number of secrecy orders has steadily increased in recent years, totaling more than 5,300 by 2012, with some of them in effect for decades.