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Reply to Attn of: GP (95-37082)

September 21, 1995

Mr. Chalmers H. Goodlin
Chairman and President
The Burnelli Company
7372 N.W. 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126

Dear Mr. Goodlin:

In your letter to me dated September 6, 1995, you state that you do not accept the fact that the term for United States Patent No. 2,586,299 expired on February 19, 1969. I am sorry that you feel this way; however, by law, as of February 19, 1969, the term of United States Patent No. 2,586,299 expired. Thus, NASA has no interest in considering a license in an expired patent. This decision regarding United States Patent No. 2,586,299 is final; NASA will not consider a license in an expired patent.

In your letter you also allege that "the NASA/Douglas Megaliner project, funded by NASA, shows abundant pirating of Burnelli proprietary and intellect property rights." Please, again, be advised that, as of February 19, 1969, the patent monopoly grant for United States Patent No. 2,586,299 expired. Therefore, after that date, the invention disclosed in this patent is in the public domain. Contract proposals to investigate blended wing-body aircraft configurations that you allege pirate Burnelli proprietary and intellectual property rights were solicited under NASA Research Announcement 94-OA-02 dated February 28, 1994. The request for proposals occurred 25 years after the expiration date of United States Patent No. 2,586'299. Thus, I find no basis for your claim that design proposals for this project pirated Burnelli proprietary and intellectual property rights.

[signed]

Alan J. Kennedy
Senior Patent Attorney
Office of the Associate General
Counsel
(Intellectual Property)


Correspondence is listed in Chronological order
March 29, 1995 to present day (1 - 33)
(All correspondence since March 29, 1995 is present)


1. Mar 29, 1995 Burnelli letter to NASA 2. May 5, 1995-NASA response 3. Aug. 10, 1995-Burnelli letter to NASA General Counsel
4. Aug. 31, 1995-NASA response 5. Sept. 6, 1995-Burnelli responds to NASA Sr. Patent Atty 6. Sep. 20, 1995-Burnelli to NASA re: lifting body research project
7. Sept. 21, 1995-NASA says "the patent expired" 8. Sep. 27, 1995-Burnelli to NASA Counsel, "..when criminal conspiracy is involved.." 9. Oct. 3, 1995-NASA Gnl Counsel, "..I am not your attorney.."
10. Oct 3, 1995-Burnelli to NASA, "..outrageous bureaucratic tyranny.." 11. Oct 6, 1995-BURNELLI submits reports and tests to NASA 12. Nov. 2, 1995, Burnelli, "..may I have a response.."
13. June 27, 1996 Burnelli claims NASA is refusing to acknowledge 14. July 3, 1996 - NASA: "We will not consider taking licence".. 15. July 9, 1996 Burnelli, presents Lockheed correspondence
16. Aug 12, 1996 Burnelli presents Flight magazine article 17. Aug 27, 1996 - NASA Gen'l Counsel requests past correspondence-lost 18. Sept 3, 1996 Burnelli, " ..appeal to you, correct a grave injustice.."
19. Sept 6, 1996 NASA: "..we have no record of your letter.." 20. Sept 24, 1996 - Burnelli: "..all aircraft mfr's recognized Burnelli importance in mid-30's" 21. Sept 25, 1996 NASA: "..Burnelli did not submit a proposal.."
22. Oct 7, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have deferred our correspondence.." 23. Oct 11, 1996 - Burnelli: "..internet NASA FACT is a lie.." 24. Oct 28, 1996 NASA: "..we will continue to disagree.."
25. Dec 9, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have repudiated your obligations.." 26. Jun 10, 1965 - Jean A. Roche', Head Aeronautician Engr./Tech. Advisor, US Army Air Forces 27. Jan 13, 1997 BURNELLI: "..we have not received answers to our letters.."
28. Jan 29, 1997 BURNELLI: .."we request that NASA provide no further funding to BWB project.." 29. Feb 10, 1997 BURNELLI: ..Smithsonian article quote:.."the first to touch on the concept was Vincent Burnelli.. " 30. Feb 20, 1997 - NASA: .."considers this matter closed.."
31. Sep. 4, 1995 AVIATION DAILY article .."McDonnell eyes blended wing body research.." 32. Feb 5, 1986 MIAMI HERALD: " NASA behind the times" 33. CARISI Report


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