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GreenShift Receives Notice of Allowance for Another Corn Oil Extraction Patent

28-Jun-2011 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 7315
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - GreenShift Corporation today announced in a press release that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of allowance for patent application number 12/559,136, titled “Method of Recovering Oil From Thin Stillage” (the “’136 Patent Application”). 

The new notice of allowance is the second allowance issued by the USPTO on this particular application. To further strengthen its legal position, GreenShift previously requested the USPTO to withdraw the earlier allowance and review all of the materials submitted by all of the defendants in GreenShift’s current patent infringement litigation, including ICM, Flottwegg, and Westfalia in support of their invalidity arguments. The USPTO issued the new notice of allowance for the ‘136 Patent Application in spite of everything raised by each and every defendant, including ICM. 

GreenShift believes that the allowance of the new patent by the USPTO is further substantial confirmation of the validity of GreenShift’s patents, and significantly increases the strength of GreenShift’s legal position in asserting its claims of infringement of its corn oil extraction patents.
GreenShift’s patented extraction technologies are proven to deliver increased profit, reduced energy costs, a smaller carbon footprint, and lower risks to licensed ethanol producers. Ethanol producers that license GreenShift’s technologies also share in the competitive protections afforded us by the US patent laws. These benefits collectively provide licensed ethanol producers with a powerful competitive advantage when compared to ethanol producers that do not license GreenShift’s technologies. 

GreenShift will continue to protect the competitive advantage of its licensees. David Winsness, GreenShift’s Chief Technology Officer, said that “We are aware of no practical method to recover corn oil from stillage that is not covered by our patents, including processes involving ‘staged’ recovery of oil from emulsion layers, recovery of oil following cold fermentation, and use of chemical additives. We welcome and expect innovation, however, we also expect any and all use of our technologies to be lawful.” 

GreenShift intends to take all necessary steps to bring infringement of its patents to an end, including filing additional lawsuits at the appropriate time. GreenShift further plans to seek additional relief for instances of willful infringement. 

GreenShift Corporation develops and commercializes clean technologies that facilitate the more efficient use of natural resources.
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