The man, Du, filed an application with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) in March in the hopes of turning his "fan-away smog plan" into reality, the Global Times report said.
According to Du's calculations, the plan could move more than 1 trillion cubic metres of air over the distance of a metre, enough to disperse Beijing of its smog.
All it would take would be 1.5 million residents fanning at the same time in one direction for an hour.
Du touted the method as a low-cost, effective solution to China's smog problem, the Global Times reported.
However, it seems unlikely Du will have his day.
Most applications do not make it past this stage, the official said.
"If the applicant does not submit a review request within three years, the application will be withdrawn."
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