Date: 18 Jun 97 02:36:57 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen Westin ) Organization: Ford Motor Company References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1997.1249@ohare.Chicago.COM> Gary Welch <email@example.com> writes: > Boeing claimed a trademark (not a patent) on the profile. No, I think they have a patent on the design. This is routine, say, in the car business. > 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. I don't think the patent would cover such usage. I think it's done in the car industry to block clones of a popular model. There may be some effort to block third-party replacement body parts through design patents, but I don't know. I suspect Boeing is guarding against the possibility of cut-rate Chinese (or Indian, or Taiwanese...) 747 knockoffs; though folks might not respect the intellectual property rights involved, building a long-range airliner that couldn't enter the U.S. wouldn't be a practical commercial proposition. -- -Stephen H. Westin firstname.lastname@example.org (spammers to email@example.com) The information and opinions in this message are mine, not Ford's.