Patent Attorney Says Nobody Will Control Cold Fusion
An attorney with a lot of experience in patents and intellectual property has finally weighed in on the cold fusion patent issue. David J. French spoke to James Martinez at the Cash Flow radio show during its September 6 broadcast. Some details were also made available at the Cold Fusion Now Blog.
French has about 35 years experience in intellectual property law and he runs his own practice and consulting company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, called Second Counsel Services. French told Martinez that he thinks that is unlikely that single company will control cold fusion patents. “I don’t know that there will be a controlling patent that will issue for cold fusion.”
“I do have confidence that the Patent Office will issue a patent for something which is directed to cold fusion if the correct procedures are followed,” French told Martinez.
French also noted that a patent and a trade secret are two completely different things. “A trade secret is totally incompatible with a patent,” he noted. “The purpose of a patent is to encourage you to tell the whole story after the patent expires. You cannot have both a trade secret and a patent.”
This could be why Andrea Rossi has had a hard time getting a US patent for his e-cat. He wants to keep some of its details such as the catalyst for his fusion process secret. Rossi would have to divulge those details to the US patent office.
French said he had worked with some people in the cold fusion field but couldn’t reveal their names because of attorney client privilege. French did note that Francessco Piantelli who worked with Focardi on nickel hydrogen cold fusion in the early 1990s has as patent pending for a PCT cold fusion system similar to e-cat. French has also written a review of Cold Fusion Patents for Cold Fusion now.
- David French Patent Agent