Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV:SMY) and Alterra Resources Inc. announced that they have been granted a United States patent for the Starved Acid Leach Technology. The patent was issued on January 29, 2013.

As quoted in the press release:

United States Patent Number 8,361,191 was issued January 29, 2013 with the title “Low Acid Leaching of Nickel and Cobalt from Lean Iron-Containing Nickel Ores”. Dr. David Dreisinger (Vice President of Metallurgy and Director) and Jim Clucas (President, CEO and Director) are listed as the inventors with all patent rights assigned to Search.

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