The Secret Sharer: Executive Patent Privilege
Welch, Matt, Reason
THE LANDMARK 1953 ruling U.S. v. Reynolds gave the White House unreviewable authority to keep national security information secret even from the Supreme Court. We already knew the decision was based on stack of brazen government lies. What we didn't know was that it might be used to screw an inventor out of his royalties.
The Reynolds case followed the fatal 1948 crash of an Air Force B-29 that was involved in a classified drone mission. The crash was due to engine failures in a craft that had a miserable safety and maintenance record, according to an Air Force investigation that the government fought to keep secret. The Supreme Court sided with the government, ruling that, in …
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Publication information: Article title: The Secret Sharer: Executive Patent Privilege. Contributors: Welch, Matt - Author. Magazine title: Reason. Volume: 37. Issue: 8 Publication date: January 2006. Page number: 14. © 2009 Reason Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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