‘709 Patent Overview
In brief, IET’s technology captured in the ‘709 Patent consists of combining an organic hydrogen donor (e.g., oil, emulsified oil, lecithin, emulsified lecithin, fibrous organic matter / vegetable matter, sugars, et cetera ) with zero valent metal (e.g., ZVI) for remediation of soil, sediment or groundwater. Therefore, any process that removes halogenated organic contaminants from groundwater that employs an organic hydrogen donor plus ZVI (or other zero valent metal) of any shape and size, often referred to as In Situ Chemical Reduction (ISCR), is covered by ‘709. Moreover, IET’s ‘709 patent is not tied into a specific mode of application, but offers examples using higher pressure injections.
Industry Awareness – Legal ‘709 Licensees
Technology end-users and their consultants should be aware of their exposure to potential litigation through their use of unauthorized amendments from unlicensed vendors and/or contractors. It is inherently unfair to formal licensees such as Provectus and our sublicensees identified – who respect the intellectual property rights of others and thus obtained a license for a fee – to be at a cost disadvantage to those who disrespect and misappropriate patented technology.