Intellectual Property

Matmor comprises two distinct operational components:

  1. The front end, or pelletisation stage, uses the Coldry process to combine low-rank coal with iron oxide bearing media and dewater the coal
  2. The Matmor Retort, a unique vertical shaft furnace that reduces the iron oxide to metal

The Matmor Process and Retort are patented in Australia (767268 & 703821) and enjoy an additional layer of protection via the Coldry Patent, in the following jurisdictions:

Country Patent No / Patent Application No Status
Australia 2004274520 Granted
Canada 2,540,285 Granted
China (incl. Hong Kong) ZL200480031850.2 Granted
Europe 04761354.2 Granted
India PCT/AU2004/001319 or 1576/DELNP/2006 Granted
New Zealand 546098 Granted
USA 7992319 Granted

 

This additional protection is due to Coldry’s role as the front-end pelletisation process.¬†Alternative low-rank coal drying processes are neither technically suitable nor economically viable as a feedstock production solution for the Matmor Retort.

In jurisdictions without Coldry patent coverage, the Company intends to protect the Matmor IP via appropriate confidentiality and trade secret agreements.

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