"documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance—open, secret and classified documents—but not limited to those".It's not just military stuff that gets the hush-hush treatment. Here's an entry dated 19 April 2012 relating to "Secrecy for Economically Significant Patents". The document emanates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled "Notice of Request for Comments on the Feasibility of Placing Economically Significant Patents Under a Secrecy Order and the Need to Review Criteria Used in Determining Secrecy Orders Related to National Security". It's just twelve sides long and you can read it in full here. The IPKat is particularly fascinated by the bit that goes like this:
"The Subcommittee has raised the concern of a potential risk of loss of competitive advantage during the period of time between publication and patent grant. Taking into account the current procedures through which an applicant may elect to defer publication of a patent application until patent issuance or expedite its prosecution, this Notice seeks to obtain feedback on whether the United States Government should institute a new regulatory scheme, modeled from that applied to national security concerns. This new procedure would institute a secrecy order that forbids applicants from disclosing subject matter deemed to be detrimental to national economic security for such period as the national interest requires".Merpel is a bit puzzled about all this. Isn't the whole point of patenting to do with disclosing inventions? Comments, anyone?
here. This week's Afro-IP visit of Africa's official intellectual property websites -- the 45th in Kingsley Egbuonu's series -- finally gets to South Africa, a jurisdiction where much is made of online IP information and services. Writing for IP Tango, Rodrigo Ramirez Herrero reviews the support received from the US for IP training programmes Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Exciting news from IP Draughts' Mark Anderson is that plans for a postgraduate course on IP transactions are edging closer to reality.
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a recent comment on this weblog about the lack of user-friendliness of publisher Sweet & Maxwell's website-- which was compared with that of Wolters Kluwer -- one of the IPKat's treasured contacts there has swiftly and positively sent him through some good news. Of the current site she says: "we are in the process of completely rebuilding it. I believe that the new site will be ready for launch later on this year. I know it is quite slow and frustrating but we are trying to improve it based on customer feedback".