Editor’s comment: The US Patents Office is the place where #BigPharma, #BigEnergy, #BigAg, #BigFood and the #MillitaryIndustrialComplex wield their power to protect their profitability and interests and ensure society develops adhering to their planned vision of the future of society.
No wonder some scientists and inventors release their inventions and findings directly into the #PublicDomain just to keep their work out of the grasp of the #PatentsOffice and its powerful influencers. That those same scientists and inventors thereby knowingly forego an often well deserved financial reward for their work illustrates what true heros these people are.
How many of these patents, if granted, would be game changers for planet Earth? Who knows?
Buckle up. Here we go.
From FAS (Federation of American Scientists), Secrecy News, Oct. 21, 2010, “Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong,” by Steven Aftergood:
“There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week. It’s a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade.”
“Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be ‘detrimental to the national security’.” Continue reading “Five thousand inventions in limbo and under “secrecy orders” at the US Patent Office”