WORTHINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Midwest Energy Emissions Corp (OTCQB: MEEC) announced today that the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation has been awarded a new United States patent for mercury emissions control.
On November 20, 2012 the EERC Foundation was awarded a United States Patent (Patent No. 8,312,822) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled “Mercury Control Using Moderate-Temperature Dissociation of Halogen Compounds”.
This patent, along with the three existing United States Letter Patents (two entitled “Sorbents for the Oxidation and Removal of Mercury” and one entitled “Process for Regenerating a Spent Sorbent”) provide significant protection for the intellectual property rights of Midwest in the United States. Midwest is the exclusive licensee to commercialize these EERC Foundation Patents. Midwest also has the exclusive rights to patents in Canada and China entitled “Sorbents for the Oxidation and Removal of Mercury”. In addition, Midwest has the exclusive rights to the EERC Foundation Patent Application in Europe entitled “Sorbents for the Oxidation and Removal of Mercury” which has recently received a “Notice of Allowance”.
Midwest Chairman & CEO John Norris commented, “This new patent significantly expands our intellectual property rights to key mercury control technology. Combined with the other patents for which Midwest has the exclusive rights, this intellectual property enables Midwest to be a leading provider of mercury control technologies, especially those involving the use of promoted activated carbon.”