The patent people are not idiots and they are not (generally speaking) evil. The patent office has dealt with literally millions of perpetual motion machine and patent application for virtually every possible scam, fraud, delusion, and hoax. Their rules are in place to cut down on the number of stupid or thermodynamically impossible applications they have to deal with. Their rules are NOT in place to deny patents to actual worthy real inventions. They just need to be given a good reason to consider cold fusion worthy of even looking at.parallel wrote:It seems no matter how often it is repeated, posters here don't get it.
It is impossible for Rossi to get a patent on cold fusion here. The patent office will not consider patents for this area, being convinced by DoE that it is impossible. Presumably his patent attorney is trying, but even if successful, it will take years.
The patent office will absolutely consider patents for cold fusion if they are presented with a working cold fusion machine. A working machine would easily be given a patent -- provided such a working machine were delivered to the patent office, and could be tested using well designed thermal measurement methods (the sort that have been discussed for over 300 pages on this forum) to demonstrate vast amounts of heat being produced in a manner that conclusively must be cold fusion...
In today's world, if you want to be rich, you do not rely on "secret sauce". Somebody will reverse engineer your secret sauce in a matter of hours, and you will not become rich. If you want to change the world, you do not rely on "secret sauce". You release your amazing discovery under Creative Commons or some such.
Patent office people (just like physicists and engineers) are pragmatists. Show us a working machine, a working experiment that can be replicated, etc, and hell yeah we will change our opinions. On a dime. It is hard to argue with reality. If Rossi wants a patent, he should stick his machine on a truck and drive it over to the local patent office. His failure to do so, just like his utter failure to provide any sort of unequivocal demonstration of his machine doing cold fusion to anybody, and just like his making a lot of noise about being persecuted, in my mind is what you see with fraud.
I like the quote by Philip K. Dick: "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."