Old news re-circulated?
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.