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By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

February 7, 2014

Sarasota, Florida’s SGM Magnetics Corp. was awarded Patent No. 8,627,961 for an eddy-current separator.

Patent No. 8,628,734 was given to OSRAM, based in Munich, Germany, for a method to recover rare earth materials from fluorescent lamps.

Daviero, Italy's Colombo Giovanni SRL was awarded Patent No. 8,632,026 for a mill and method for shredding various types of scrap materials.

A method for gathering toner in laser printer cartridges to aid recycling is the subject of Patent No. 8,644,727, which was awarded to a team of researchers led by Robert Vines from Horizon City, Texas.

Patent Application No. 20140001295 was given to Roseville, California's Garner Products, Inc. for a hard drive and media storage shredding device.

A group of researchers from Toyota-Shi, Japan led by Shuji Iida was awarded Patent Application No. 20140017621, which describes a method for recycling battery packs.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database online at

Copies of patents can also be ordered by number for $3 each from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450.

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