Inventor's Suit Over 'Top-Secret' Patent Premature, US Says

Law360, Washington (January 14, 2014, 8:46 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Monday asked a California federal court to dismiss an inventor’s suit protesting a U.S. Army order declaring his patent application for a mysterious acoustic wave propagation machine “top secret,” saying he could not sue until the application process was complete.

Inventor Bruce Horton, who claims the Army’s designation has stymied his patent application, can’t yet sue the U.S. government because he has not been issued notice of allowability from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office marking the end of the patent prosecution...
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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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