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This would be the fourth time his equipment is confiscated by the government. Another instance occurred when he was trying to move to Germany to more favorable surroundings. His machines were confiscated by the Canadian government at the dock. What is strange about the recent harassment is that John has had this equipment on the balcony there for seven years, and had the city inspect his flat in 2000, and "everything checked out."
Hutchinson's bright day in the sun was nearly twenty years ago when he invented a battery that never needs recharging. Several copies are found in various placed around the world in private ownership. There is one on public display in Japan that is still running. It doesn't put out that much electricity -- maybe enough to power a laptop computer -- but it never stops; never needs recharging.
Hutchinson went on world tour showcasing his technology. He was visited by both the U.S. and Canadian governments who wanted him to work with them. He has received so many offers of funding and support that he has stopped counting. But after all these years, none have come through as promised.
"They just came, looked, and then stole his technology," says Louise. "It's not that complicated, and someone who has the right background can look and know what they are seeing." She says Hutchinson's work is "at the root of what is being done in the military industrial complex," and that they are not sharing it with the civilian population.
In fact, she cautions inventors about getting patents on revolutionary things because they have to be passed by the Department of Defense first, and if the DOD thinks there is an application there for them, the inventor will get a notice and the technology will be sequestered.