Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on “flying” to Boeing. Immediately after, they sued Airbus for patent infringement.
The patent describes flying as “moving or able to move through the air with wings, much like a bird does”. The patent was requested in 2018 by Boeing and co-inventor Kent Fall. All planes that Boeing made are able to “fly” with the exception of the 737 MAX 8.
After receiving the patent, Boeing didn’t waste time and rushed to sue Airbus. Boeing wants their competitor to immediately stop making machines that “fly” and are looking for financial compensation.
Unfortunately for Boeing the case is postponed after judges discovered that their court documents contain multiple errors.
What will happen to current Airbus planes is unknown but experts agree that modifying them so they are not technically flying is most likely.