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9.30.2013

Patent Team Helps Firm Client BlueShift Inc. Obtain Patent That Aids in Oil Spill Cleanups

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Not so long ago, everything that could have gone wrong with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico did go wrong. The Deepwater Horizon spill claimed 11 lives, and oil flowed into the ocean for 87 days because the pipe releasing the oil gusher could not be capped.  Lane Powell helped BlueShift Inc. obtain a patent on an apparatus and method that could be quickly deployed to grab a pipe. U.S. Patent 8,555,977, entitled “Remotely Operated Underwater Redirection Plenum Chamber for Spill Response,” to be issued on October 15, would have allowed BP Oil to immediately cap the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher. Applications for international patents are pending. The BlueShift apparatus uses counter-rotating cylinders to create a seal between a gusher pipe and a chamber allowing oil to be redirected into any vessel. BlueShift is already in talks with oil companies and universities who wish to commercialize the idea. Lane Powell Counsel to the Firm Priya Cloutier aided BlueShift Inc. in this matter.