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Does Anyone Hold A Patent On The Airplane?  
User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

When the Wright Brothers flew the first successful plane, did they take out any patents on it? If so, how long did they last? Other people started building their own pretty quickly after the Wrights. Does anyone technically hold a patent to the airplane today?

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User currently offlineCaboclo From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

The Wright brothers did try to patent the aircraft, as well as some individual systems, such as ailerons. I don't remember exactly how the story went, but they got into a protracted legal battle, I think with Glenn Curtis. In the end, they put all their resources into the protecting the patent, and didn't continue building airplanes. Therefore, their preimminence in the industry was very short lived.

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Patents expire, so even if someone had the patent to the airplane it would have expired 80 or so years ago.


User currently offlineCRPilot From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

At this point based on aircraft assembly, I would say that many companies hold the patents to the modern aircraft. From the engines to the seats, I'm sure all the different companies have patent all the different parts they provide.

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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3015 times:

Wouldn't that be like impossible seing as how we are using newer technologies all the time to get better performance out of a manufacturer's plane.

I'm assumeing the company than patents that.

I'm not sure though.

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