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The total number of invention secrecy orders that the U.S. government imposed on
5,081 by the end of last month, the highest figure since 1996.
Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, U.S. government agencies may restrict
disclosure of a patent
application whenever its publication is deemed
“detrimental to the national security.” In Fiscal Year 2009, 103 new
secrecy orders were issued, while 45 existing orders were rescinded.
The overall number of orders in effect increased by about 1% over the
year before, according to statistics
from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that were released
Secrecy News under the Freedom
of Information Act.
The most vexing secrecy orders, known as “John Doe” secrecy orders, are those that are imposed on private inventors who are not so that the government has no property interest in
invention. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 21 new John Doe secrecy
orders, according to the latest
statistics. An argument could be made that secrecy orders in
cases are infringements on an inventor’s First Amendment rights, but
such an argument has never been tested in court.
In general, however, challenges or complaints concerning the operation of the patent secrecy system seem to be rare. Most secrecy
orders originate at defense agencies, with the U.S. Navy in the lead
this year with 39. ( issued 12 secrecy
orders in FY 2009.) In such cases, the most likely customers for the
inventions are the military agencies themselves, not commercial
enterprises, and so the secrecy orders may have no adverse impact on the
inventors. For other resources on invention secrecy, see here.