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SpaceX Jumps into Patent Dispute with Blue Origin Over Rocket Sea Landing Tech.

speedplane (552872) writes | about two weeks ago

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speedplane (552872) writes "Last week, Elon Musk's SpaceX fired two challenges (PDFs) at Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin over U.S. Patent 8,678,321, entitled Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods.

The patent appears to cover a method of landing a rocket on a floating platform at sea. In their papers, SpaceX says that "by 2009, the earliest possibly priority date listed on the face of the patent, the basic concepts of 'rocket science' were well known and widely understood. The “rocket science” claimed in the ‘321 patent was, at best, 'old hat[.]'" Blue Origin has approximately three months to file a preliminary response to the challenge.

You can review the litigation documents here and here.

Disclosure: I run the website hosting several of the above documents."

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Bezos is such a hack. (1)

JoJo McJoJo (3809977) | about two weeks ago | (#47809353)

It's amazing, but somehow he proves that it's possible to be both a billionaire and a complete loser. Guy makes a fortune by tech-washing the Dickensian workhouse, then gets all frustrated when he tries his hand at rocket science and finds out that gravity isn't as easy to bully as minimum-wage warehouse employees. So instead he just patents the color blue and the laws of physics hoping to some day sue someone more talented than he is. Elon shouldn't have challenged the patent - he should have just landed on a barge and dared Bezos to sue him so that he could end up owning a chunk of Amazon.

I call Prior Art (1)

CSG_SurferDude (96615) | about two weeks ago | (#47809605)

Prior art on the idea here (DC-X ) --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... [wikipedia.org] and here (VTVL) -->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VTVL
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