1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 12, 2017 4:34 PM by Textual Reference Branch, Archives II

    Vested patents during WWII

    Bill Streifer

      During WWII, under executive order by President Roosevelt  patents and patent applications by inventors from enemy countries like Germany and Italy were vesting by the government for use in the war effort and for other purposes. At the time, there were 300-some classes of patents, four of which weren't vested.

       

      Where at NARA could I find answers to the following questions?

       

      1. Where can I find a complete list of 45,000+ vested patents, listed by patent number or inventor?
      2. Where can I find a list of those 300-odd patent classes?
      3. Which four patent classes weren't vested, and why?
      4. Could those four classes have been related to the atomic bomb, such as fission, uranium, etc.?