Historian of science, secrecy, and nuclear weapons. Programmer + web developer = NUKEMAP. Author Restricted Data blog. Harvard PhD. Professor at @FollowStevens.

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Sep 22, 2017

@ideenschmied_eu The reason a patent is assigned to the US government is, in effect, to make it "free for all." For better or worse!!

Sep 22, 2017

@ideenschmied_eu If question is (as w/ your post), would someone be infringing if they used it — b/c it is assigned to US government, can be used freely.

Sep 22, 2017

@ideenschmied_eu If the question is, "do they release info which should not be released?" that is a broad question re: value of secrecy vs. disclosure.

Sep 22, 2017

@ideenschmied_eu There are a few still-secret patents that *just* cover the atomic bombs. One of these days I will write something short about them!

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