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OriginOil Granted Patent In Australia for its Breakthrough Algae Harvesting Technology

First of 29 pending patents is issued

Los  Angeles, California – October 9, 2012 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, announced today that it has received its first international patent for its algae harvesting technology from the Australian 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 2010239380 in Australia (see image) for a term of 20 years beginning in 2010.  In addition to the United States, it has also been published in the European Union and in Japan.

“Our value as a technology company increases with each patent that we file, and then with each patent that is granted,” stated Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil’s CEO. “As a global technology company, patents in foreign territories are critical to secure our international reach and our position as a leader in the algae industry.”

OriginOil’s first customer, MBD Energy, piloted OriginOil’s Single Step Extraction™ algae harvesting systems in Australia. The Company has also selected Melbourne-based Frontline Engineering Australia as its Certified Support Partner to help algae producers and integrators install, engineer and operate OriginOil systems in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Separately, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently published the international OriginOil patent application for “Enhancing Algae Growth By Reducing Competing Microorganisms In A Growth Medium”, bringing OriginOil’s number of published applications to 11.

OriginOil is currently prosecuting 29 patent applications, of which 13 have been filed as international applications.

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