Would A Patent's Title Be Classified?

from the just-wondering... dept

Ira writes in to point us to a patent application on a sort of weapons device, where the title of the patent is listed solely as "Classified." It would be interesting if some patent attorneys in the crowd could weigh in on this. If the purpose of the patent system is to distribute knowledge, then you would think a classified patent doesn't make much sense -- but this is even odder, in that it's the title, not the patent itself (which is for some sort of weapon), that is "classified." It could be that the inventor himself (Peter Lockhart) set the title as "classified" but that doesn't make much sense either. Anyone know what's going on here?
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    Mike Brown, 12 Dec 2008 @ 10:02am

    Title of Application

    It wasn't an error in the UK. The "Classified" title appears to have been used on the Application Data Sheet and other paperwork because the case was classified originally by the British government. Apparently, one condition of waiving the classification for filing in the USA is maintenance of secrecy about the invention. Hence, the "classified" title, so that the entry in the USPTO's indexing system wouldn't reveal the actual title.

    It was eventually declassified and published as US2008/0047450, but patent applications are published as filed, so the title remained "Classified" in the published application.

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