Lightbridge Receives Patent from the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a Manufacturing Method for its Metallic Fuel Rods
RESTON, Va., Aug. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR), an advanced nuclear fuel technology company, further strengthened its intellectual property portfolio today, announcing that it has received a Notification of Patent Grant from the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a divisional patent application relating to a co-extrusion method of manufacturing Lightbridge four-lobe helically twisted metallic fuel rods, based on its 2011 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application.
Seth Grae, President & Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Corporation, commented, “Our latest patent award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a method to manufacture our Lightbridge Fuel™ rods further enhances our growing intellectual property portfolio. There are currently 24 reactors in South Korea that provide one-third of the county’s electricity, making this an attractive potential market for our fuel.
“We are in what has become a global race to developing next generation nuclear technologies. In recognizing competition primarily with China and Russia, the United States has recently begun taking bold measures towards funding, supporting, and fast-tracking development and licensure of these technologies. There is also a race to develop and deploy technologies to prevent further changes to the climate. We continue to make our pursuit of a strong worldwide patent portfolio a strategic priority for Lightbridge to ensure the full economic benefits of Lightbridge Fuel™ for our company and shareholders.”
Over the past year, Lightbridge has secured patents in Eurasia, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and the European Union.
About Lightbridge Corporation
Lightbridge (NASDAQ: LTBR) is an advanced nuclear fuel technology development company based in Reston, Virginia, United States. The Company is developing Lightbridge Fuel™, a proprietary next-generation nuclear fuel technology for current and future reactors, which significantly enhances the economics, safety, and proliferation resistance of nuclear power. Lightbridge invented, patented, and has independently validated its technology, with goals of preventing climate change and enhancing national security. The Company has assembled a world-class development team. Four large electric utilities that generate about half of America’s nuclear power advise Lightbridge on fuel development and deployment. The Company plans to operate under a licensing and royalty model and based on the increased power generated by Lightbridge-designed fuel, expects to offer high ROI for operators of existing and new reactors. For more information please visit: www.ltbridge.com.
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Released August 24, 2020