Date: 10 Jun 97 00:34:59 From: Gary Welch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Compaq References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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Boeing claimed a trademark (not a patent) on the profile. I don't think any other planes have the distinctive hump. I suspect the goal isn't to keep competitors from using the idea but to keep movie makers from using the profile in crash movies and to give Boeing approval rights for any other commercial usage.