An interesting patent owner: The NSA!
One of the more interesting patent owners you will find is the National Security Agency. Patent Buddy shows that there are 288 patents owned at least in part by the NSA. In general, the NSA and its collaborators have only filed a few patents each year, which is a tiny number in relation to the likely amount spent on technology each year. At least in the last decade, tt appears that a good number of these patents are joint filings with companies or research institutions working in collaboration with the NSA, suggesting that the NSA has provided some funding for public research or commercial technology projects that afforded the NSA some ownership interest in any resulting patents. It does not suggest in any way that the NSA is attempting to patent inventions vital to national security, and it goes without saying that none of the NSA patents would involve sensitive material. Top cited patents in the NSA portfolio include a number relating to computer technologies.
To view information on the NSA portfolio, visit Patent Buddy: http://www.patentbuddy.com/Company/Profile/NATIONAL-SECURITY-AGENCY/196398
Top NSA Patents (by citation)
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