Army Hit With $5M Suit For Freezing 'Top Secret' Patent

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Army has illegally declared “top secret” a patent application for a mysterious acoustic wave propagation machine, effectively barring its inventor from talking about the patent or moving forward with the application, according to a $5 million suit filed Wednesday.

Bruce Horton's lawsuit filed in California federal court claims he has a right to compensation for the losses he has suffered from not being able to develop, commercialize, finance, market or obtain foreign patents for his invention, titled “Acoustic Propagation Method.” According to his lawsuit,...
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Case Information

Case Title

Horton-v-United States of America

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit



Maxine M. Chesney

Date Filed

October 23, 2013

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