All one has to do is go to any of the patent search engines and search for "aircraft" to find zillions of hits, many of which are for whole airplane designs. Now, the utility of patenting whole aircraft can certainly be debated, but there's no question that whole airplanes can and have been patented.Whether is is good enough for others to copy. It also needs to be novel enough to be patented. Whole aeroplanes are not patented. Parts are.
Maybe so. An article I recently read said most patents are worthless. A high school friend, who is president of the largest lawn mower blade manufacturing company on Earth, owns at least one patent and he isn't wild about the idea of getting a patent. He says someone can tweak something and say theirs is different. Then when you fight with them, the lawyers make all of the money.Wouldn't any wing incidence / warping method be previously known under the wright brothers patents?
Jus thinking out loud...
My new wife is an intellectual property attorney. She doesn't normally do patents but rather "soft IP" (art, music, etc) but she might be able to help If you have any specific questions that the forum search doesn't answer, I can ask her for you in a hypothetical sense. Feel free to DM.Thanks