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While I agree with John's view on this, it is not without precedent. The U.S. government obtained patents on nuclear weapons technologies in the aftermath of WWII and during the early years of the cold war in order to have legal standing for preventing other countries from acquiring these weapons.

Interestingly, the strategy wasn't particularly effective.

Stephen:

Do you have more information on the U.S. government patents on nuclear weapons? I am curious because, as you know, any inventions related to nuclear weapons are not patentable and have been so since the days of the cold war.

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