C-Corp Attorney Joe Duesterhaus briefed the city council before Monday night's meeting on options to move forward with the hydropower project.
He said the city's Washington, D.C. attorneys, Van Ness Feldman, have looked over FERC's ruling and have concluded that an appeal would not be successful.
The city has three options -- wait nine months to re-file if no one else has a permit at that time.
If another entity obtains a permit during that time, then the city would have to wait three years to refile.
The third option would be to sell the intellectual property.
Duesterhaus recommended sending a warning letter out to competitors.
He said all of the work conducted by the city thus far cannot be legally used without compensation.
Duesterhaus said, "That's the city's intellectual property. That was paid for with taxpayer dollars. They need to be contacted as soon as possible and told the city will see them in federal court for infringing on our intellectual property."
The city council has not yet decided on where to go with the hydropower project at this time.
The council adopted a new sign ordinance Monday night.
Mayor John Spring said the city wanted to clean up the language for the downtown and allow for newer technology.
In other Quincy news, the city has decided to end negotiations with a United Kingdom company for a new fiber-optic network.