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Coal Plants Infringe Mercury Removal Patents, Complaint Says

July 17, 2019, 8:49 PM

Multiple power plants infringe patents related to removing mercury from coal emissions, a July 17 complaint in the District of Delaware says.

The plants are induced to infringe by insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., which provides financial incentives to infringe the patents, according to the complaint.

Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. owns U.S. Patent Nos. 8,168,147 and 10,343,114, related to methods for removing mercury from coal-fired power plant emissions by applying bromine to the coal and injecting it with activated carbon.

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