Re: Classified patents
- --- In coldwarcomms@y..., "Jim Burks" <jburks2@m...> wrote:
> Ozob wrote:OK thanks..i had heard of some patents assigned to the gov't in WW2,
> > 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
but these apparently were awarded to the individuals..as much as 35
years later...seems like the info would have been obsolete long before