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Re: Classified patents

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  • ozob99
    ... OK thanks..i had heard of some patents assigned to the gov t in WW2, but these apparently were awarded to the individuals..as much as 35 years
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 21, 2002
      --- In coldwarcomms@y..., "Jim Burks" <jburks2@m...> wrote:
      > Ozob wrote:
      > > The SIGSALY story mentioned ... patents were sealed ...
      > > ... i assume some patents have been at times, or
      > > continually classified since WW2....does anyone know for sure?
      >
      > I don't know how they were processed, but in his biography,
      > 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman', Richard Feynman wrote
      > of his experiences in the Manhattan Project. Everytime
      > one of the scientists got a patent, they assigned it to
      > the government in a contract specifying 'one dollar cash in
      > hand'. But, they weren't getting any money. It was just
      > a legal technicality. Feynman got all the nuclear
      > scientists together, and they refused to sign any more
      > patent assignments until they got their 'dollar'.
      >
      > Since these were patents on basic atomic processes
      > (chain reaction, pile, separation, etc.), I assume
      > they were held secret until the '60s or so.
      >
      > Jim Burks


      OK thanks..i had heard of some patents assigned to the gov't in WW2,
      but these apparently were awarded to the individuals..as much as 35
      years later...seems like the info would have been obsolete long before
      then.
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