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Howard R. Johnson was an inventor who developed a plan for a permanent magnet motor
and received three U.S. patents for the motor itself and related inventions. The
invention is sometimes categorized as a perpetual motion machine; this is incorrect,
however, as it did not violate the first or second laws of thermodynamics, and would
not allow actual perpetual operation.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a standard policy of rejecting all patent applications for genuine perpetual motion without a working model. It is not true, however, that the office will not consider perpetual motion inventions at all, or that it automatically rejects them. (Yet it is certainly true that no patent for a working perpetual motion machine has ever been issued, despite countless applications).
No other type of invention calls for this automatic requirement of a working model
and most patents have been issued on the strength of blueprints and detailed diagrams
and explanations. Howard Johnson received his patents in this fashion. It has never
been demonstrated conclusively that his designs will work at all.
Johnson and William P. Harrison published a paper on the magnet motor in 1979 which can be found on line. The paper contains diagrams and equations, and shows a motor that uses mathematically-
Permanent magnet generators are a well-
In a generator, the reverse is true: motion, e.g. of steam or another heated fluid
in a conventional fuel-
In addition to the relatively innocent enthusiasts who are attempting to duplicate Johnson's claimed achievement, much less innocent on-
Advertisements for the plans display Johnson's patents prominently and talk about
conspiracies by the electric power industry to keep the generator off the market.
The plans sell for just a few cents under $50, which is typical for more legitimate
offerings such as instructions on building one's own solar panels or wind turbines.
However, the sites offer no real information about how the device is supposed to
work, only a lot of sales talk and conspiracy theory.
It's uncertain to what extent Johnson was able to make his ideas function in reality as opposed to on paper, but there is no reason to believe that anyone else has replicated his work if so -
Anyone who did find a way to use the Earth's magnetic field as a source of usable electric power (which is only a guess as to how the Howard Johnson generator is supposed to work; the sales sites never really say) would surely go about making the invention available in quite different ways than this.
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