OOIL patent application 13207298 received a final rejection form the USPTO on 3/11/2013. This really seems like the key patent application for the company. It covers the basic technology of extracting oil from algae by means of electric pulses. In addition applications 13162562 and 13419062 have received non final rejections. Just so everyone can see how important the final rejection of application 13207298 is the title and abstract is included below.
PROCEDURE FOR EXTRACTING OF LIPIDS FROM ALGAE WITHOUT CELL SACRIFICE
A system and method are disclosed for extracting lipids from algal cells. In the method, lipids are extracted from algal cells by exposing the algal cells in an aqueous medium to an electric field sufficient to cause release of lipids from said cells. In the system, an electric field is formed between two electrodes connected with an electrical power supply and configured such that during use an aqueous medium containing the algal cells passes between the electrodes to extract lipids therefrom.
Read the decision. We never even had a good shot at getting this patent. The technology was all based on prior work and not Origin Oil's own inventions. The question becomes why did OOIL file a patent application any reasonable person in their place would know would be rejected. It looks like this wasn't about getting the patent, but about convincing investors that they would get the patent.