Matthews International Bio cremation Website Revealed-YourFuneralGuy

29 Jul
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Matthews  International has revealed a bio cremation Website or a website explaining it’s version of Green Cremation, alkaline hydrolysis.

UPDATE: July 30th, 2010, Matthews Cremation has admitted to distributing their machine without a proper patent. Although the other three distributors have patents or patents pending for their respective processes. Sandy Sullivan has made some references to a patent but evidently he does not have one

Interestingly the claim to hold the patent for the process along with all the other companies making Alkaline Hydrolysis Machines.

Our BIO Cremation website just went live last night. We hope it will help to dispell some of the myths surrounding the alkaline hydrolysis process and accelerate state legislation. Please check out

I heartily concur in regards to the statement above – until someone creates a way to have the body disappear into a cloud of marshmallow-scented sparkles, the decompsition process is going to be icky at best – no matter how you do it. Best thing anyone can do is pick a method that uses least amount of resources, doesn’t harm the earth and also gives survivors the opportunity to create the closure they need.


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15 Responses to “Matthews International Bio cremation Website Revealed-YourFuneralGuy”

  1. matthewscremation July 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    “Interestingly the claim to hold the patent for the process along with all the other companies making Alkaline Hydrolysis Machines.”

    We do? Please let me know where you see that. The BIO Cremation unit is actually the brain-child of Sandy Sullivan, founder and director of Resomation based out of Scotland. Matthews just purchased the rights to sell these units. The article is posted to the new website – direct link is

    If there is any place that says otherwise, please let me know and I will investigate the matter and correct or clarify where necessary. I appreciate that you’ve brought this to our attention.

    Thank You!

  2. cycledlife July 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    “claim to hold the patent”

    Do you happen to list the patent number(s)? I’ve never seen one listed on the Matthews Cremation site or the Resomation(R)LTD site.

    As you know there is a patent on high temperature systems: United States Patent 7,183,453 Wilson , et al. February 27, 2007.

    The lead inventor on this patent is Joe Wilson, the inventor of the CycledBurial(TM) systems. After working on high-temperature systems for 15 years, he invented a much better and less costly alkaline hydrolysis system. The prior art of high-temperature systems is obsolete.

    CycledLife’s CycledBurial(TM) system is patent pending. As such, it not patented. If we were to claim that our process were patented, while it was merely patent pending, we would be liable for fraud.

    We have information on the high-temperature patent on our website at

  3. yourfuneralguy July 30, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    It appears that Matthews Cremation has purchased the distribution rights in the USA, Through Sandy Sullivan of The UK(Resomation LTD) He has not given a patent number for the the USA, so how can he or you distribute in the USA? Sullivan has made verbal claims to the Patent Rights. But the patent number in the USA is not stated so how can he or you do distribution In The United States happen without a patent? Sullivan does claim he has a patent but how can he distribute in the USA? Are you not operating under his Patent?

    Are you not operating this process in the USA under a Resomation LTD patent claim?

    In Fact the patents in the USA Has been given To Bio Safe Engineering.

  4. matthewscremation July 30, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Patents protect inventors and give them exclusive rights to make, use, sell and/or import. If an inventor doesn’t patent an item, it doesn’t mean they can’t sell it. It just means that they aren’t protecting their intellectual property. Someone could swoop in, copy their design and sell it under their own name.

    Exclusive distribution rights and patents are two seperate animals. We are not using a design that has been patented by anyone else so Matthews has every right to distribute the BIO Cremator to the states that have passed legislation to approve the disposal method.

  5. yourfuneralguy July 30, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    “If an inventor doesn’t patent an item, it doesn’t mean they can’t sell it. It just means that they aren’t protecting their intellectual property. Someone could swoop in, copy their design and sell it under their own name.”

    Resomation is a process patent. You cannot just sell a funeral director a machine. Sullivan and Matthews will be making the funeral director liable(as well as themselves) for using the Machine This is subjecting the FD to unneeded liability, and/or a use fee. THIS WILL INCREASE CONSUMER COST! Tweaking the Machine does not get you out of the process patent.

    It appears that you have admitting to distributing the machine without a patent.

  6. matthewscremation July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    All that is being said is that Matthews Cremation has the legal right to sell the BIO Cremator in the US. I understand that you are concerned about consumer costs and I commend you for your efforts as consumers now have quite a few more options to keep their end-of-life choices within their budget.

  7. yourfuneralguy July 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    there is the legal right to sell the system but there is an additional legitimate possible risk of a licensing fee, driving up costs.

  8. cycledlife July 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    If there is an issued patent, what is the patent number? If the patent is still pending, that is okay. It would be useful to let funeral directors know one way or the other about the status of the referenced patented process.

    Even if there is a patent on improvements made on the invention by WR2, how does the Matthews Bio Cremation(R) system avoid infringing of the WR2 patent?

    In a patent, the key elements are the claims. The first claim in the WR2 inventions is the following:

    We claim:

    1. A method for digesting or neutralizing undesirable materials such as organic tissue or hazardous or biohazardous agents or regulated medical waste by subjecting them to an alkaline hydrolysis cycle and generating a sterile resultant suitable for conventional sanitary disposal or land application, said method compromising the steps of: (a) providing a closed reaction vessel coupled to a heating-cooling means; (b) receiving the undesirable materials within said vessel; (c) determining the weight of the undesirable materials received within said vessel and generating weight output data; (d) controlling the operation of the system, including considering the weight output data and determining the appropriate amounts of water and alkaline compound to introduce into the interior of the vessel; (e) after step (d), introducing an alkali compound within the interior of said vessel in an amount based on the weight output data; (f) after step (d), introducing water within the interior of said vessel in an amount based on the weight output data; (g) after steps (e) and (f), heating the vessel interior to a first temperature and pressurizing the vessel to a pressure greater than about 1.0 atmosphere for a sufficient duration to produce a safely disposable resultant; (h) during steps (e) and (f), initiating a vacuum within the vent of the vessel to remove waste odors while filling the vessel; (i) during steps (e) and (f), mixing the contents of the vessel to enhance the interaction between the alkali compound and the undesirable materials; (j) after step (g), cooling the interior of the vessel to a predetermined temperature after the digestion cycle has run; (k) after step (j), venting the interior of the vessel upon the vessel reaching a predetermined second temperature and the pressure reaching about one (1) atmosphere; (l) during step (k), creating a vacuum within the interior of the vessel to remove odor from therewithin; (m) during step (k), balancing the vacuum so created to prevent said vacuum from interfering with the draining of the vessel; (n) after step (m), draining the liquid solution portion of the vessel contents from the interior of the vessel; and (o) after step (n), rinsing the interior of the vessel to remove any remaining solution residue from any solid remains of the undesirable materials.

    CycledLife’s low temperature CycledBurial(TM)systems sell for $128,000. These systems do not infringe on the WR2 patent, as we do not operate above one

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