posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 06:31 PM
Originally posted by SkuzzleButt
i think he had a patent on it, called a water fuel cell or somthing. however not sure what happened with it
He may have. I believe I saw something to that effect. Having a patent on something however does not necessarily mean that you have actually managed
to build the device. At least not in the US. Nor are the bureaucrats at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) always knowledgeable in the field
in which the patented device operates.
The USPTO must, before it issues a patent, find the invention to be:
1. Patentable subject matter;
3. Non-obvious; and
The standard of what constitutes a patentable subject matter varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, in Canada you normally have to
actually have built a physical device based on your idea. You can't patent software in Canada whereas you can in the US.
Basically what I'm trying to say is, if he did patent a working device, his rights to the invention were protected. Unless someone could prove that
the patent did not meet all four of the above requirements, he could make and sell or licence somebody else to to do the same, making loads of money
in the process.