posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 06:32 AM
Originally posted by NeoVain
Originally posted by LUXUS
All patents go through a screening process, basically if the patent is deemed to have a military or government interest it is flagged.
It will then be reviewed and if it is of great enough interest to them you will be contacted and told that your patent has now become classified and
as such it is no longer your property.
The fact that this patent made it through the screening process tells you that the government/military have evaluated it and have little interest in
Very interesting, if true. How do you know this? Do you have any references? Because i remember seeing several patents on things used by the military
already in the past... So they where obviously not classified?
He's correct. Sort of.
If you see an openly listed patent, then it's either:
1) not considered relevant to national security
2) was at one time but after time, review or whatnot is no longer considered relevant
3) is part of some classified larger project but that part is not considered revealing of the larger project or relevant to national security
So...if you see an obviously military patent, then it's one of those three unless there's some facet I'm not thinking of.
Where he's NOT quite right is, if your patent is gagged, it's still your patent. However, it won't be listed, you will be compelled to sign an NDA
requiring you not to reveal its contents, you will be barred from patenting it overseas, and you may or may not be allowed to license its use or sell
your patent rights to a third party.
In the event that you CAN license it, they'll tell you who to.
The status of the patent will be reviewed annually, IIRC, there's an appeal process, and if it at some point becomes non-relevant to national security
it reverts to public listing.
There are certain classes of patents that will automatically end up gagged, and never revert. Others may gag temporarily while the Gubmint has
someone(s) at a national lab review it for content and then release it when it's found not to be an issue. You can ask for it to be unlisted and
reviewed if you intend the patent to be relevant to national security and you think they might list it by accident.
edit on 5-4-2012 by Bedlam
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