National Inventors Council

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The National Inventors Council (NIC) was a United States government organization established in 1940 as part of the Department of Commerce's Office of Technical Services (OTC).[1] It was designed to serve as a clearinghouse for inventions with possible military and national defense uses, and to bring these to the attention of the U.S. armed forces.[1]

Most active during World War II, the NIC continued into the mid-1950s. Its functions were transferred to the National Bureau of Standards when the Commerce Department abolished the OTC.[1]

In 1973, the NIC was transferred from the National Bureau of Standards to the private sector, where it was overseen by the Academy of Applied Science and the Franklin Pierce Law Center.[2]

As of at least 2009, its files are stored at the Washington National Records Center.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Inventors Council Files" (PDF). National Archives & Records Administration. September 17, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Cavicchi, Prof. John (Undated). "The Mystery of the the [sic] Classified and Missing National Inventors Council (NIC) Files". University of New Hampshire School of Law via IP Mall. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)