OriginClear’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) portfolio has been in continuous development since 2008. Early patents focused on algae harvesting. Beginning in 2015, the company applied this knowledge to water treatment and began development of EWS.

In 2018, OriginClear reorganized its intellectual property portfolio to focus exclusively on its electrochemical water treatment solution, Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) with Advanced Oxidation (AOx™).

On May 25, 2019, in its Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, the Company stated, “we have chosen to protect certain intellectual property with trade secrets rather than patents”. In the intervening year, the Company has extended this policy to its entire portfolio, having concluded that sharing inventions at this time through the patent process equates, over time, to giving up that technology.

Accordingly, OriginClear no longer actively maintains its patent applications and patents, willingly deeding them to the water industry as an open resource. The Company intends to reserve to itself and its partners the protected communication of further discoveries and trade secrets relative to the EWS and AOx technology domains.

The company continues to further improve and expand its technology’s scope, efficiency and reliability.

Registered Trademarks:

On April 2, 2015, we filed a trademark application with the USPTO to protect the intellectual property rights for our wordmark “OriginClear”. On August 16, 2016 the wordmark was registered with Registration Number 5023444. The registration is current.

On April 8, 2015, we filed a trademark application with the USPTO to protect the intellectual property rights for our current company logo “OriginClear” with the stylized “O”. On August 16, 2016 the mark was registered with Registration Number 5027992. The registration is current.

Patents we have licensed:

On June 25, 2018, Daniel Early granted us a worldwide, exclusive non-transferable license to intellectual property consisting of five issued US patents, and design software, Computer Aided Design, marketing, design and specification documents (the “Early IP”).

On May 20, 2020, we agreed on a renewal of the license for an additional 10 years, with three-year extensions. We also gained the right to sublicense, and, with approval, to create ISO-compliant manufacturing joint ventures. All royalties surviving the 2018 license were settled.

We may contract with distribution channels (equipment distributors, oil service companies, water treatment companies, system integrators and engineering companies) of our choice to act on our behalf for the purpose of selling and integrating the Early IP.

The Early IP consists of combined protection on the materials and configurations of complete packaged water treatment systems, built into containers.

 

Description

Patent No. Date Patent
Issued
Expiration Date
1. Wastewater System & Method

US 8,372,274 B2 
WO2011088197A2

02/12/13 07/16/31
2. Steel Reinforced HDPE Rainwater Harvesting US 8,561,633 B2 10/22/13 05/16/32
3. Wastewater Treatment System CIP US 8,871,089 B2

10/28/14

05/07/32

4. Scum Removal System for Liquids

US 9,205,353 B2

12/08/15

02/19/34

5. Portable, Steel Reinforced HDPE Pump Station CIP

US 9,217,244 B2

12/22/15

10/20/31

 

Marketing Agreements:

In an Amendment dated 2 December 2019, the Company renewed the licensing agreement of Zaragoza, Spain-based Depuporc S.A. for an additional ten years, and agreed to remarket its DEPUPORC® brand animal manure treatment system worldwide, both directly and through channel partners, excluding geographical Europe and Europe-based customers. DEPUPORC, which integrates OriginClear technology under license, is protected by Spanish patent 201131192, “System for treating slurries by means of electrocoagulation and electrooxidation”.

Depuporc S.A. states that DEPUPORC is recognized by the Institute of Environmental Management of the Spanish Province of Aragon as a method of treatment and purification of liquid manure generated in pig farms in order to reduce nitrogen emissions linked to animal husbandry. DEPUPORC, likewise, has been recognized and selected by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment for CARBON FES-CO2 as a PILOT CLIMATE PROJECT in its 2012 program.

See OriginClear’s Case Study.

Licensing

We generally distribute our technology through licensing and joint ventures. To help you test your markets before committing to full-scale manufacturing, we supply proof-of-concept units and prototypes as well as limited-volume production runs. These systems will then be a reference for your own manufacturing. Our licenses are non-exclusive, but regional preferential treatment is negotiable (“Most Favored Nation”).

We can also establish partnerships for selected strategic projects, aimed at developing and proving specific new industry applications. If you think we may be able to help with your treatment challenge, contact us here!