Friday, June 27, 2014

Old news re-circulated?

The blog biofuelsdigest picked up a story on June 26, 2014 with text

Proterro gets patent for proprietary photobioreactor

In New Jersey, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued Patent No. 8,728,783 to Proterro, Inc., protecting the company’s proprietary photobioreactor, a novel element in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process (U.S. Patent No. 8,597,914). Proterro’s unique photobioreactor is robust, modular and made from off-the-shelf materials. It integrates systems for optimizing light, water supply […]

The problem is US '783 issued on May 20, 2014, and US '914 even earlier. Not exactly "hot off the press."

The first claim of US '783 is to a photobioreactor:

A photobioreactor for cultivating photosynthetic microorganisms, the photobioreactor comprising:

a non-gelatinous, solid cultivation support suitable for providing nutrients and moisture to photosynthetic microorganisms on at least a portion of a surface thereof, wherein said portion of the surface has a topography that allows photosynthetic microorganisms to adhere thereto when said portion of the surface is oriented non-horizontally; and a physical barrier disposed over at least said portion of the surface of the cultivation support.


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