Is it legal for the government to detain files of great inventors and suppress technology all to maintain the status quo of the United States? 4 Answers as of July 16, 2013

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Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
It all depends on what the technology is about, say for example nuclear weapons.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/16/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
Yes, it may be legal, especially in a security situation or if the invention has the possibility of causing great physical or mental harm to the public.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 7/16/2013
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
No - that would be illegal. Also, I know of no such incidents.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 7/16/2013
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
That is a commonly held belief. Patents are filed by inventors, patent agents or patent attorneys. The patent office job is examine, PUBLISH and issue patent applications and patents. I don't know of any "suppression" of technology. This is especially true with the Internet and the ability of a person to notify the world about an invention. I am reminded of an episode on "Myth Busters" that tested many inventions for levitation and improvement of gas mileage. It is easy to make a statement about suppression of great technology, but again if there was a great improvement any anonymous person could post the improvement on the Internet without supression. Not unlike your question that is or will be posted for all to see.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2013
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