Patenting the E-Cat

There has been much criticism of Andrea Rossi for not revealing working information about his domestic E-Cat, his industrial E-Cat, or the Hot Cat. It seems that some skeptics accuse Rossi of a sham because he has been so secretive of his technology. However, logic cites that the patenting process is vital for the preservation of Rossi’s intellectual property.

Even in the medical field, patents are honored, and protect the intellectual properties of the pharmaceutical labs that do the research and development. Corporate laboratories develop life-saving drugs, go through the extensive testing, and third-party approval before they are ever released.

Some of these drugs are “miracle” drugs, or “breakthroughs” that can save millions of lives. Regardless of the amount of time spent on R & D for a new drug, the process must be completed exactly and thoroughly in order to be approved for human use. In the United States, the FDA is responsible for this certification.

Without the thorough certification process and R & D, dangerous drugs make it to the market. Even when people get angry about the government interference that “holds up” release of life saving drugs, corners can’t be cut. A perfect example of this from the 60’s is the awful birth defects of Thalidomide, when it was prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness. Yes, Thalidomide is useful in treating leprosy and multiple myeloma, but the rush to market kept further studies from being done.

Patents and certification are there for a reason. And Andrea Rossi, whose E-Cats are currently undergoing a seemingly endless certification and patenting process, acknowledges that these things must be done.

Patenting and certification are two different activities that must be completed before an invention can be released to the public. Rossi said recently, in an interview with Free Energy Systems, that:

“…we have many patents pending, in the U.S. and in the international circuit. We already have been granted the basic patent in Italy, and this is important because this forbids any attempt to make or to patent the same thing in any part of the world. But, the patents outside Italy are still pending and our attorneys are working on them. And, there is nothing more I can say. You know, the procedure of patenting is based on the fact that between our attorneys and the patent officers, there is a patent of course on papers based on the requests of more information, and so on.  The patent job is going on.”

So, whether we like it or not, we must be patient. Rossi is working, and his teams are working, and the certification is ongoing. Patenting the e-cat will eventually be completed. And, when this lengthy (to us) process if finished, there should be no more questions about the safety or effectiveness of the E-Cat.

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  1. Rossi’s published Italian patent is just a summary of has been patented by Piantelli in 1995. Rossi will have a hard time getting his patent filed on a larger scale. I admire the technology Rossi has developed, but it all originated somewhere else. Like Microsoft Windows has been ‘inspired’ by Apple’s earlier demo’s.

  2. Right, the claim that he have to wait the patent does not hold, since a patent protect you, from filing date, even if the filing is not perfect.

    It seems probable that his work is simply not patentable, because based on published work.
    This explain why Defkalion could make a similar (not necessarily identical) work, without being afraid of patent infrigement.
    DGT claims they have filed some patent, but probably on some innovative details only.

    anyway not being able to file a patent does not mean the job is void. Rossi and DGT seems to have done a good job, with a great part is based on good engineering, much based on previous scientific publication, and probably some real innovation

  3. I predict it will be a long time before anyone has a patient on a LENR generator. Instead, I predict that anyone who wants to sell to the marketplace will have to bite the bullet and bring their LENR generator to market without a patient. Furthermore, since this technology is in it’s infancy, I predict that the first LENR generators on the market will bear little resemblance to the LENR generators a decade from now. Finally, I predict that the first LENR applications will be industrial boilers, since that would mean the world can keep it’s current infrastructure minus the coal and natural gas burning boilers. Besides, it is a no-brainer for industrial power plants to switch to LENR from coal or natural gas since the cost savings will be so significant (savings of around 90% initially).

  4. Here is a summary of the key ideas in a note I sent Andrea Rossi over a year ago (and the rest of the note is on that page too) about why an emphasis on secrecy and patents is misguided at this point:
    “The key point here is that breakthrough clean energy technologies will change the very nature of our economic system. They will shift the balance between four different interwoven economies we have always had (subsistence, gift, planned, and exchange). Inventors who have struggled so hard in a system currently dominated by exchange may have to think about the socioecenomic implications of their invention in causing a permanent economic phase change. A clean energy breakthrough will probably create a different balance of those four economies like toward greater local subsistence and more gift giving (as James P. Hogan talks about in Voyage From Yesteryear). So, to focus on making money in the old socioeconomic paradigm (like by focusing on restrictive patents) may be very ironic, compared to freely sharing a great gift with the world that may change the overall dynamics of our economy to the point where money does not matter very much anymore.”

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