Patents were originally intended to reward sharing knowledge. That's been forgotten, and the game is now all about keeping secrets and controlling fair competition. And let's not even consider how keeping patents secret will impede inspection and degrade patent "quality", which I thought was the defence all the corporate sophists were using for the system.
The headline might be misleading (can't say for certain because the linked PDF is gone). The headline says patents but the body refers to patent applications. While those are generally published (something that began in the US patent system less than fifteen years ago) applicants have always been able to file non publication requests to opt out. Is there something here advocating keeping them secret after issuance?
From my desktop I can see the file. So it looks like they are talking about "barring from publication and issuance." That's not the same as what Mike is suggesting in his article. If the patent doesn't issue, then the inventors don't have a patent. Whatever is under a secrecy order disappears into a black hole. This is already a possibility in cases of national security, but it looks like this proposal is to broaden that to include economic security and interests. If a secrecy order is put in place, it stays there until the government decides otherwise and the inventors are just out of luck - there is no patent to enforce. I don't see anything here to indicate that an issued patent will be kept secret.
Yes,, the headline might mislead you, but what says about it is still true. It also makes the practice of submarine patents a lot easier, because standards bodies can't tell when a dishonest member has applied for patents on the standards being considered. The US patent office is broken and insane, the US government in general is bending over backwards to serve corporate interests before those of people.
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