Re: Food for Thought

Date:         04 Jun 97 01:45:42 
From: (Malcolm Weir)
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On 23 May 97 09:03:30 , kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz) caused to appear
as if it was written:

>It may also be an attempt by Boeing to, in effect, extend their patent
>on the design, which would have expired long ago.  The patentable idea
>was, I assume, moving the cockpit up above the main cabin deck to
>allow unobstructed cargo access all the way to the nose (and through
>the nose in the freighter versions).

The legal concept of "prior art" would make this patent useless.  Although
the 747 is the most successful high-cockpit aircraft, it wasn't the first by
a long chalk.