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XTI Aerospace Files New U.S. Patent Application on Innovations and Submits Global PCT Patent Application for the TriFan 600 Vertical Takeoff Airplane

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XTI Aerospace (NASDAQ: XTIA) announced the submission of a new U.S. patent application and a global PCT patent application for innovations related to its TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft. This follows a utility patent issued by the China National Intellectual Property Administration, enhancing XTI's existing patent portfolio. The new patents cover the pivoting ducted fans of the TriFan 600, enabling efficient transition from vertical lift to horizontal thrust.

CEO Scott Pomeroy highlighted the company's commitment to innovation and strategic growth. The TriFan 600 aims to revolutionize air travel by combining the benefits of conventional business aircraft with the flexibility of VTOL technology, targeting diverse markets including business, commuter, and regional airlines, as well as medevac operators. The company has already conducted multiple hover tests and signed a Letter of Intent with AVX Aircraft for further development, expected to accelerate the program and reduce engineering expenses.

Positive
  • New U.S. patent application and a global PCT patent application submitted for TriFan 600 innovations.
  • China National Intellectual Property Administration recently issued a utility patent for TriFan 600.
  • Patents cover pivoting ducted fans, important for efficient VTOL operations.
  • Enhanced global patent portfolio strengthens market position and guards against unauthorized use.
  • Target markets include business, commuter, and regional airlines, increasing market potential.
  • Letter of Intent with AVX Aircraft expected to accelerate development and reduce engineering costs.
  • Multiple hover tests already conducted, demonstrating tangible progress.
Negative
  • No financial figures or revenue projections provided in the announcement.
  • The development of TriFan 600 is still ongoing, and actual market entry may be subject to delays.
  • Potential high costs associated with obtaining and maintaining patents globally.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., June 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- XTI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: XTIA) ("XTI Aerospace" or the "Company") today announced that its subsidiary, XTI Aircraft Company ("XTI Aircraft"), submitted a patent application (non-provisional) with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office and filed notice with the 157 countries participating in the Patent Cooperation Treaty for innovations related to the TriFan 600, XTI Aircraft's fixed-wing, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft currently in development. XTI Aircraft previously announced on February 12, 2024 that the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued XTI Aircraft a new utility patent, also related to the TriFan 600.

The new patent applications and the previously-granted China patent relate to various technical or functional aspects of the TriFan 600 including the pivoting ducted fans that rotate between vertical lift and horizontal thrust, which, in turn, are designed to enable the TriFan 600 to efficiently transition from vertical takeoff to forward cruise.

"The new patent applications illustrate our ongoing commitment to innovation, and we believe they will solidify our position as a market leader in this new and disruptive powered-lift aircraft category," said Scott Pomeroy, chairman and chief executive officer of XTI Aerospace. "Issuance of the China patent further enhanced our existing patent portfolio around the TriFan 600 in the U.S., Europe, and several other countries. In addition to guarding against unauthorized use of our intellectual property, we plan to leverage our portfolio to differentiate ourselves in the market and to facilitate strategic growth and expansion.

"We believe the TriFan 600 airplane will revolutionize point-to-point air travel by combining the comfort, speed, and range of similar size conventional business aircraft with the flexibility, convenience, and pinpoint transportation achievable only with a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft," continued Pomeroy. "We are targeting business, commuter, and regional airline markets, as well as charter, other private air services, and medevac operators. We have already conducted multiple hover tests of our two-thirds scale unmanned proof-of-concept configuration of the TriFan, and we recently announced the signing of a Letter of Intent with AVX Aircraft Company for further design and development of the TriFan 600 which we expect will accelerate our development program while significantly reducing expenses for certain engineering capabilities and services."

A computer graphics simulation video of the TriFan 600 is available at XTI Aircraft simulation video.

About XTI Aerospace, Inc. 

XTI Aerospace (XTIAerospace.com) is the parent company of XTI Aircraft Company (XTIAircraft.com), an aviation business based near Denver, Colorado, currently developing the TriFan 600, a fixed-wing business aircraft designed to have the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability of a helicopter, speeds of 345 mph and a range of 700 miles, creating an entirely new category – the vertical lift crossover airplane (VLCA). Additionally, the Inpixon (inpixon.com) business unit of XTI Aerospace is a leader in real-time location systems (RTLS) technology with customers around the world who use the Company's location intelligence solutions in factories and other industrial facilities to help optimize operations, increase productivity, and enhance safety. For more information about XTI Aerospace, please visit XTIAerospace.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including without limitation, statements about the products under development by XTI Aerospace and the markets in which it plans to operate, the advantages of XTI Aerospace's technology, XTI Aerospace's competitive landscape and positioning, XTI Aerospace's growth plans and strategies, the ability of XTI Aerospace's patents to help XTI Aerospace protect the TriFan 600 from infringement, the benefits of XTI Aerospace's patent portfolio, and XTI Aerospace's customers, plans and strategies are forward-looking statements.

Some of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words, including "believe," "continue," "could," "would," "estimate," "will," "expect," "intend," "plan," "target," "projects," or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon estimates, forecasts, and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by XTI Aerospace and its management, are inherently uncertain, and many factors may cause the actual results to differ materially from current expectations, which include, but are not limited to:

  • the inability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations, and identify and realize additional opportunities;

  • variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws, regulations, technologies that may impose additional costs and compliance burdens on XTI Aerospace's operations, global supply chain disruptions and shortages;

  • national security tensions, and macro-economic and social environments affecting XTI Aerospace's business and changes in XTI Aerospace's capital structure;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace has a limited operating history, has not yet manufactured any non-prototype aircraft or delivered any aircraft to a customer, and XTI Aerospace and its current and future collaborators may be unable to successfully develop and market XTI Aerospace's aircraft or solutions, or may experience significant delays in doing so;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace is subject to the uncertainties associated with the regulatory approvals of its aircraft including the certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is a lengthy and costly process;

  • the risk that the XTI Aerospace may never achieve or sustain profitability;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace may be unable to raise additional capital on acceptable terms to finance its operations and remain a going concern;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace experiences difficulties in managing its growth and expanding operations;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace's conditional pre-orders (which include conditional aircraft purchase agreements, non-binding reservations, and options) are canceled, modified, delayed or not placed and that XTI Aerospace must return the refundable deposits;

  • the risks relating to long development and sales cycles, XTI Aerospace's ability to satisfy the conditions and deliver on the orders and reservations, its ability to maintain quality control of its aircraft, and XTI Aerospace's dependence on third parties for supplying components and potentially manufacturing the aircraft;

  • the risk that other aircraft manufacturers develop competitive VTOL aircraft or other competitive aircraft that adversely affect XTI Aerospace's market position;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace's future patent applications may not be approved or may take longer than expected, and XTI Aerospace may incur substantial costs in enforcing and protecting, or may not have adequate resources to effectively enforce and protect, its intellectual property;

  • the risk that the scope of XTI Aerospace's patents are not broad enough to deter competition;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace's estimates of market demand may be inaccurate;

  • the risk that XTI Aerospace's ability to sell its aircraft may be limited by circumstances beyond its control, such as a shortage of pilots and mechanics who meet the training standards, high maintenance frequencies and costs for the sold aircraft, and any accidents or incidents involving VTOL aircraft that may harm customer confidence; and

  • other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Other Information Contained in this Report" in XTI Aerospace's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 16, 2024, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2024, which was filed with the SEC on May 20, 2024, as such factors may be updated from time to time in XTI Aerospace's filings with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

Nothing in this press release should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. XTI Aerospace does not give any assurance that it will achieve its expected results. XTI Aerospace does not undertake any duty to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

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FAQ

What recent patent applications has XTI Aerospace filed for the TriFan 600?

XTI Aerospace has filed a new U.S. patent application and a global PCT patent application for innovations related to its TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft.

What does the new patent for the TriFan 600 cover?

The new patents cover innovations, including the pivoting ducted fans that transition between vertical lift and horizontal thrust.

What recent patent was issued to XTI Aerospace by China?

The China National Intellectual Property Administration issued a new utility patent for the TriFan 600 on February 12, 2024.

How does XTI Aerospace plan to use its patent portfolio?

XTI Aerospace plans to leverage its patent portfolio to differentiate itself in the market, facilitate strategic growth, and guard against unauthorized use of its intellectual property.

What markets is XTI Aerospace targeting with the TriFan 600?

XTI Aerospace is targeting business, commuter, and regional airline markets, as well as charter, private air services, and medevac operators.

What recent development collaboration has XTI Aerospace announced?

XTI Aerospace announced a Letter of Intent with AVX Aircraft Company for further design and development of the TriFan 600.

What are the expected benefits of the collaboration with AVX Aircraft for the TriFan 600?

The collaboration is expected to accelerate the development program and significantly reduce expenses for certain engineering capabilities and services.

What testing has been conducted on the TriFan 600?

XTI Aerospace has conducted multiple hover tests of a two-thirds scale unmanned proof-of-concept configuration of the TriFan 600.

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