Rossi would not need a Patent to Sell E-cats in the USA
An interesting point that some observers seem to be missing is that Andrea Rossi would not need a patent to sell his e-cat cold fusion devices in the United States. It is a fairly common practice in the US to sell items marked patent pending that means you have applied for a patent but have not been granted one.
Since Rossi appears to have a working cold fusion device, he could start selling right now. Indeed he has announced that he and his unnamed US partner plan to start leasing the E-cats for industrial purposes in November. They plan to unveil and test a one megawatt version of the technology in October.
An interesting point here is that it would be to Rossi’s advantage to get to market with a working cold fusion process first even if he does not have a patent. If there were dozens or hundreds of such devices up and running he would have a much better case for a patent application. Rossi already has a patent in Italy so he has some legal protection.
Having enough money to hire a first rate team of attorneys to protect his interests will do Rossi far more good than a patent. He could get that money and a lot more by selling e-cats and raising venture capital.
It should be noted here that it would also possible for Rossi’s competitors such as Defkalion and Brillioun to sell cold fusion technology in the US without patents as well. Therefore we could be paying entirely too much attention to the patent and not enough to the device itself.
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