A patent on LENR has recently been granted to Francesco Piantelli, and it has the LENR community in an uproar. It seems that Piantelli has patented a process that he has never used – or at least, not until recently. The patent refers to “previous work” done in the 1990s using nickel powder, but Piantelli never used nickel powder in the 90s. This has many people calling “foul”, as Andrea Rossi’s Hot Cats and E-Cats are being manufactured, and as publication of third party reports are pending.
However, Mr. Rossi himself seems to be handling it all quite well. Rather than being threatened, Andrea Rossi is quite philosophical about it all, calling for proof. He says he has built the units described in the patents, and that none of them work. In addition, he does not seem to fear that someone will “beat him to the punch”, so to speak, by patenting his idea. On the Journal of Nuclear Physics, he states:
“I receive many requests of opinion about the last patents granted in matter of LENR: this comment answers to all. None of those patents explains how the E-Cat can work. I read very shaky theories in them that never produced anything really working. The described apparatuses, that we replicated with high fidelity after the publication of such patents to check their validity, actually do not work. Everybody can try… Every further comment is useless.”
It appears, then, that Andrea Rossi’s technology is still safe, and his IP has not been stolen. These events however, justify Mr. Rossi’s strict adherence to the confidentiality policies that have frustrated so many. He has been called a fraud because he won’t reveal his processes to anyone. Now it becomes clear that he has been quite wise.