Have you heard the one about a Clarence Valley retiree (who doesn't appear to know one end of a slide rule from another and is famous for not thinking outside the square) filing a patent application for inventing a method of amplifying energy using centrifugal force, in conjunction with a company which was registered in the same month of the international filing date noted by World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Is this a case of divine inspiration or simply cashing in on patents which ceased due to failure to pay renewal fees?
There have been previous patent applications along the lines of the one above with reported novel engines being numerous and, currently the Orbital Engine Company's technology package includes over 1000 patents or patent applications lodged in more than 20 countries worldwide, covering innovation in all aspects of engine and control system technology.
Clarence Valley locals are betting the retiree's application will fall foul of existing patents.
New energy sources have been noted in an article about amateur inventors, which may indicate where this particular invention is heading.