The Critical Hydrogen Fuel Cell Accessory - ICAP Patent Brokerage Announces Sale of Patented Advanced Hydrogen Sensor Technology

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CHICAGO, May 3, 2011 /CNW/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP plc and the world's premier patent auction firm announces the sale of a patent portfolio featuring advanced hydrogen sensor technology.

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    Background:
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As hydrogen fuel cells become part of America's new energy infrastructure, the need for related technology - such as hydrogen sensors - will grow accordingly. In addition, Hydrogen (H2) gas is widely used for various applications in laboratories as well as industrial and manufacturing set-ups. Since hydrogen is highly inflammable, its detection is of high importance for safety and security purposes.

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    Key Characteristics & Benefits
    Patents in this portfolio disclose the following:
    --  Metal-alloy nanoparticles (palladium and silver) are key to sensor
        technology. ANI's manufacturing techniques enable the generation of
        nanoparticles in any desired size or arrangement.
    --  A working prototype. This ready-to-market portfolio can readily equip
        the buyer with the knowledge to immediately begin manufacturing and
        commercializing the products and services suitable for present and
        future applications.
    --  A technology-transfer platform. Access the knowledge and technical
        know-how of the ANI engineering team. The ANI team will also impart
        training sessions on various manufacturing and marketing/sales
        techniques to facilitate smooth transfer of the technology to the
        buyer.
    --  Superior performance. Easy detection of variable concentrations (below
        LFL) of hydrogen gas using same nanoparticle sensor. Overcomes the
        limitations of specific temperature and environmental conditions for
        hydrogen detection. Sensors which can detect hydrogen gas over a wide
        range of temperature and environmental conditions.
    --  Superior manufacturing process. These disclosed nanoparticles
        fabrication techniques save effort, time, and cost for the
        manufacturers, and simultaneously enable producing low-cost, compact,
        durable, and easily maintainable hydrogen sensors.
    --  The patents and the patent applications of this portfolio cover
various
        jurisdictions including the US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, and
South
        Korea.


    Market Potential
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The hydrogen sensor market is rapidly evolving and it is the most opportune time for a buyer to acquire a patent portfolio. This portfolio should be of interest to companies active in various sectors, such as oil and gas, automobile and transportation, petrochemicals, power transformers, food processing, micro-chips (including MEMS) manufacturing, aviation, and medical diagnostics.

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    --  Globally, the overall sensor market is estimated to reach $91.5
        billion, while the chemical and biosensor market is estimated to be
        worth $21 billion by 2016.(1)
    --  The US hydrogen sensor market was expected to reach $1.6 billion in
        2010.(2)
    --  With the advent of hydrogen (e.g., hydrogen fuel cells) powered
        automotive cars, an investment of $200 billion would be required to
        cater to the US automotive market alone.(3)


    To learn more about the assets available for sale in this portfolio:
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Contact Kevin Fiur of ICAP Patent Brokerage at Kevin.Fiur@us.icap.com or (512) 547-8311.

(1) http://www.electronics.ca/publications/products/Sensors%3A-Technologies-and-Glob al-Markets.html

(2) http://www.er.doe.gov/Technology_Transfer/Success_Stories/Fiber_Optic_Sensor.htm

(3) http://business.highbeam.com/61528/article-1G1-182351381/study-200-billion-neces sary-hydrogenpowered-cars

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    About ICAP Patent Brokerage
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ICAP Patent Brokerage is the intellectual property brokerage division of ICAP and the world's premier patent auction firm.

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    About ICAP
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ICAP is the world's premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, foreign exchange, emerging markets, equities and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. ICAP plc was added to the FTSE 100 Index on 30 June 2006. For more information go to www.icap.com.

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SOURCE ICAP Patent Brokerage

For further information: Cali Munoz, +1-512-322-3938, Cali.Munoz@us.icap.com Web Site: http://www.icap.com

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