Inventions and Official Secrecy: A History of Secret Patents in the United Kingdom (Hardback)
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Inventions and Official Secrecy: A History of Secret Patents in the United Kingdom (Hardback)

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Hardback 164 Pages / Published: 15/12/1994
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Secrets will always be a factor in the political life of any society, and it could be argued that none enjoy secrets, particularly Official Secrets, quite so much as the English. Inventions and Official Secrecy traces the little known history of UK legislation which permits the British Government to make Official Secrets of certain technical ideas submitted as patent applications, and thereby prohibit their publication. The story begins in the mid-nineteenth century, and introduces a number of interesting inventors, politicians, and civil servants, including Sir William Armstrong, Marconi, the Wright Brothers, Leo Szilard, Sir Barnes Wallis, Sir Christopher Cockerell, the Earl of Derby, Sir Harold Wilson, and the now forgotten civil servant Mr Clode, Solicitor to the War Office in the 1860s; it ends, as the thirty year rule demands, in the 1960s.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198259428
Number of pages: 164
Weight: 339 g
Dimensions: 224 x 163 x 14 mm


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`it is both enjoyable reading and an accurate chronological account of the subject ... O'Dell's book fills a gap in the whole story of patents' Times Higher Education Supplement
`a scholarly work, recording the history of such a complex subject as patent legislation with full research of the relevant documents, which are referenced and carefully included unobtrusively in the text ... it is both enjoyable reading and an accurate chronological account of the subject ... O'Dell's book fills a gap in the whole story of patents' Times Higher Education Supplement
'an interesting book on a subject which is rarely given much time.' * E.I.P.R. *

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