Category Archives: Secrecy orders

Patent Mystery: The Strange Case of 3,060,165

The recent discussion on the Intellogist blog about missing patent documents in the USPTO patent database reminded me of the curious case of patent no. 3,060,165. The full-text TIFF image of this patent was removed from the USPTO database sometime … Continue reading

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USPTO Issues 68 New Secrecy Orders in 2008

A blog posting at the New Scientist magazine claims that the USPTO issued secrecy orders on 68 new patent applications and rescinded 47 older orders in the year ending Sept. 30. A total of 5,023 secrecy orders are still in … Continue reading

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Patenting the Atomic Bomb

Many thanks to Danianne Mizzy of the University of Pennsylvania for sharing this NPR story on the role of patents in the development of the atomic bomb in the 1940s. Many of the scientists (and their universities) involved in the … Continue reading

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