Future Energy Investments Pty Ltd (FEI) has achieved a significant milestone with its original 2005 Australian patent being granted by the European Patent Office. This means FEI has now secured plastics to fuel patent protection in the US, EU, Australia and several key international countries. FEI’s original patent is the cornerstone of the company’s IP strategy. FEI call this “Patent I”.
The company built on “Patent I” further with FEI’s Australian Patent of Addition that was lodged in June 2016. FEI call this “Patent II”. This Patent of Addition aims to expand on the original claims of Patent I.
Subsequently and in parallel, in Australia FEI lodged a new Provisional Patent in June 2016 for the continuous processing of contaminated co-mingled end of life plastics. In June 2017 this Provisional Patent moved into the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) phase.
Most recently the international patent examiner reported this new patent as being novel and inventive; citing FEI’s prior art from the original granted Australian patents (Patent I and Patent II). FEI is now confidently pressing ahead with global country registrations for this new patent. FEI call this “Patent III”.
These patent lodgements have now been fully funded by FEI with support of Caason Group. FEI expects that nominated country registrations relating to “Patent I” and “Patent III” (the PCT patent work) will be completed in 2019.
FEI continues to engage K&L Gates; an international law firm specialising in patent strategy.