Wait a Second! Is Hover Technology Real!? #tech #engineering #patent

Image from Return of the Jedi c/o Lucasfilm/Disney

Yesterday, I posted about Lexus’s claim to have created a Back to the Future Part II style hoverboard. As many have dishonestly teased such an invention, I expressed skepticism about the claim. Now I read that the United States Army has a “hoverbike” prototype in the works. Hmmmm….

We know that superconductors are being used to provide levitation. The point is that it’s difficult to get them to work no matter what the underlying surface (e.g., grass, asphalt, wood). It’s also generally easier to do things small-scale than large-scale, so having a little disc demonstrate that flexibility is a far cry from an actual hoverbike (though it would still show remarkable progress). All that being said, we know the potential is there, but is the technology practical and marketable? This is more evidence that maybe it is. Or maybe this is a redirection. Perhaps the hoverbike will actually use the horizontal rotor technology we already see in drones.

On the legal side, if this is levitation technology, I wonder who’s going to get to the Patent Office first: the Army or Lexus?

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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