Update – As though to head off any accusations about a cold fusion block at the EU Patent Office, Piantelli has been informed that his patent will be granted. This appears to have happened in August of this year but it is interesting to note that Rossi’s patent (referred to as WO2009125444) was cited within the Piantelli records under the label ‘examination’). It appears that the reference was submitted by a ‘third party’ to be cited in Piantelli’s application. The list of docs is here. While all of this says nothing about the veracity of Piantelli’s claim, it does cut the knees from any argument Rossi might have about cf prejudice. [With thanks to Ivan Mohorovicic in eCatNews comments]
End of Update.
Reports that Rossi’s EU patent is being considered appear to be grossly misleading. While technically true, the application is in a critical condition with the prognosis for survival poor. A letter and its annex has been sent from the EU Patent Examiner [To Leonardo Corp] requesting more detail/proof of the claims and indicate rejection unless they are forthcoming.
You can download the files from the EU Patent Register here [Files of note are both dated 19 10 2012 and are communications from the Examining Division to Leonardo Corp]
Here is a snapshot of the letter:
The main detail is contained in the Annex. In my opinion, this is not an example of cold fusion being treated unfairly but a true reflection of the quality presented by Rossi to the patent office. The reasons for potential rejection are specific and reasonable. Patents are granted to encourage innovation and must contain enough detail for a skilled individual to build the device or at least test its veracity. That is clearly not the case here.
The following is one page from the Annex:<< Previous Post -- -- Next post >>