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PTO Requests Model of Warp Drive Invention

The Worsley-Twist warp drive does not depend upon traditional emissions of matter to create thrust. Rather, the drive creates a change in the curvature of the space-time continuum — thus allowing travel by warping space-time. Worsley & Twist patent application recently suffered another setback. The Examiner has now requested a working model:
Applicant is required to furnish a model of the instant invention. 35 U.S.C. 114. See Also 37 C.F.R. 1.91.
Among other rejections, the Examiner has asserted a rejection under 35 U.S.C. 101 for lack of utility — finding that the invention is inoperable.


U.S. Pub. No. 2003–0114313

It’s worth having a visit to the above site just to see some of the comments !

I thought I had some weird and wonderful ideas, but some of Keith Nagells really take it too the extreme.

Mind you, it appears that he has just sat down and watched every SCI-FI show on earth (I think just on earth), and tried to submit a patent for every ‘prop’ used.

When someone invents the transporter, just think of the energy we could save (but it will probably require a power source the size of the US). Who said you don’t get something for nothing!