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OriginOil Granted Patent in Japan for its Core Extraction Invention, Files Latest Aquaculture Application

Japanese recognition follows Australia’s for company’s pioneering Single Step Extraction™ invention; invention pace quickens with new aquaculture application

Los Angeles, CA – July 31, 2013 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), a breakthrough water cleanup technology for oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries, announced today that it has received its second international patent for its algae harvesting technology from the Japan Patent Office.

The invention, titled “Systems, apparatus and methods of obtaining intracellular products and cellular mass and debris from algae and derivative products and process of use thereof,” was issued as patent number 5284536 in Japan (see image) for a term of 20 years beginning in 2010.

The invention was previously issued as patent 2010239380 in Australia (see image) for the same term. The application has also been published by the European Patent Office (EPO) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

“This was when we first learned how to process algae for downstream applications, and we continue to be impressed with its continued relevance in all applications needing removal of organic particles from large amounts of water, including oil and gas,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil’s CEO. “We have 19 active supporting patent applications in this area alone, and this remains a very solid foundation.”

Separately, the company filed for patent protection of a technology entitled “Removing Ammonia From Water”, for reducing or eliminating ammonia from water using a series of reaction tubes. This technology has application to continuous aquaculture and human sewage water treatment.

“I’m very pleased with the team’s work on this application,” said Nicholas Eckelberry, co-founder and chief inventor. “Jose Sanchez and Andrew Davies richly deserve to be co-inventors. With this team, I feel sure that we will continue to invent solidly in our area of utility.”

OriginOil is currently prosecuting a total of 31 patent applications, of which 13 have been filed as international applications. For more information, please go to


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