What our patent covers… In simple language.
Our patent application covers the use of an upward protruding semi-round / elliptical / convex shape in a sluice bed, via the use of sluice mats or fabrication / molding of the sluice itself, in order to manipulate the overall velocity and speed of the water flow and slurry. This allows heavy metals (gold) to drop out and be separated more easily without the use of more traditional riffle and flow interruption designs. This shape / surface may be composed of or include embedded grooves / notches or other holding design to aide in the holding process.
It is a UTILITY PATENT filing, so the patent is NOT based on exact DESIGN, but rather the new FUNCTION / PROCESS / METHOD, using the elliptical / bulge shape in a sluice to reduce velocity at certain points and therefore allowing gold to be captured / more easily separated.
The nature of a utility patent is covered in Title 35, Part II, Chapter 10, Subsection 101 of the United States Code, which defines it as any invention for which a patent may be obtained. It reads:
“Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.”
Utility patents are issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and are in force for up to 20 years.