With the achievement of obtaining a US patent now accomplished, one might think that an attractive avenue for Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation would be to start licensing E-Cat technology to outside companies, which would provide new revenue streams and help with the proliferation of the technology.
However Andrea Rossi has made a comment on the Journal of Nuclear physics that indicates that approach does not seem to be in the cards at the moment. When asked whether Leonardo/IH was willing to “license/manufacture some of the e-cat discoveries and label them as ‘patent pending’” while other patents were going through the application process, Rossi responded:
“More than licensing, we are now focused on manufacturing, which will be the next step ( F9). The 64 patents I am working upon are part of a complex IP protection that anyway will not affect the manufacturing scheduling, also because we will reach a so high level of economy scale that our competitors will not have any convenience to make reverse engineering, also considering that the US patent allowed does not leave much room under the process and apparatus point of view. We can proceed independently from the patents that are pending and the patents that will be applied for for the time being. Again, provided the results of the R&D and tests on course will reach positive results: our disclaimer related to the fact that the final results could be negative is still valid.”
So it seems that the patent approval hasn’t really changed the commercial approach which Rossi has long said is to start manufacturing once the current 1 MW Plant test is successfully completed, and use the strategy of high volume, low cost production to discourage competitors from reverse engineering the E-Cats.
Rossi has said that people will be surprised at the speed with which commercialization will get underway, providing the test on the 1 MW plant completes a successful test. He has said that no time will be lost in getting the production and manufacturing underway — and it looks for now that they will stay in the driver’s seat on this, rather than sharing their technology via a licensing model.