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Antigravity device patent annoys scientists

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news icon rA perpetual-motion machine may defy the laws of physics, but an Indiana inventor recently succeeded in having one patented. On November 1 Boris Volfson of Huntington, Indiana, received U.S. Patent 6,960,975 for his design of an antigravity space vehicle.

Volfson's craft is theoretically powered by a superconductor shield that changes the space-time continuum in such a way that it defies gravity.

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"Is it new?" Quinn asked. "Is it useful, which means does it work? Is it nonobvious? And is it described in such detail to enable someone skilled in that technology to make and use it based on the description that must accompany the application?"

thats true in business sense...but to inventors every project is a baby...

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<_< I have seen some products sold with the words"Patent Pending" instead of a Patent Number. These are usually on cheap imported junk that's of questionable worth. That must be away around sum laws.

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<_< I have seen some products sold with the words"Patent Pending" instead of a Patent Number. These are usually on cheap imported junk that's of questionable worth. That must be away around sum laws.

Patent pending only means that a patent has been applied for, not approved, therefore any effort to steal the idea is fruitless, it doesn't mean that the idea is legitemate and workable.

Any invention relying on one mans theoretical assumptions should be highly scruitinized and no investment should take place without peer-evaluated experimental procedures that prove the theoretical applications legitemate and scientifically viable... As well, I believe that a patent should not be approved until the above crieteria is met and that it should remain pending until so, in order to protect dim-witted investors. A patent office should not only aim at protecting an individuals ideas but also a reputation for scientifically sound patents, in order to prevent a back-logged collection of useless pseudo-science.

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