Matthews International Distributing Green Cremation USA-No Patent|YourFuneralGuy

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The Funeral Corporation  Matthews International, Inc is distributing their Green Cremation-alkaline hydrolysis machine called Bio Cremation without a Patent . BIO SAFE  Engineering who is also selling a machine, holds the appropriate process patent. CycledLIFE and Eco Green-Cremation System claim to have a patent pending for their low pressure green or bio cremation alkaline hydrolysis machine.

This was all revealed in comments at this blog

  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 The prior art of high-temperature systems is obsolete.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.”

    The Wilson Patent 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.

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