Alabama Patent of the Month – April 2022

Many boats are designed with livewells which provide a space to hold and keep fish alive while fishing continues. Most of these livewells have trouble keeping water cool. As water warms up, less oxygen is held – a detriment to the fish being held. O2 Air-Sea, LLC has developed an oxygen saturation device capable of improving the temporary living conditions of a livewell.

Their device uses a compressed air supply device, air cooling coil, and a pneumatic system. This device releases oxygen in microbubbles, introducing a supersaturation of oxygen to the water tank. The micro size of bubbles ensures the surface tension of the water isn’t broken when adding oxygen. A check valve ball is used to control this air flow and ensure the system does not oversaturate the water.

In addition, a set of media canisters are incorporated which readily absorb nitrogen. This is important to maintaining the balance of the livewell as fish release ammonia from their gills as they process any protein they previously consumed. Between adding oxygen and absorbing nitrogen, the device significantly improves a fish’s life while they enjoy their stay in the livewell.

Are you developing new technology for an existing application? Did you know your development work could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit and you can receive up to 14% back on your expenses? Even if your development isn’t successful your work may still qualify for R&D credits (i.e. you don’t need to have a patent to qualify). To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.

Who We Are:

Swanson Reed is one of the U.S.’ largest Specialist R&D tax advisory firms. We manage all facets of the R&D tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.

Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE and CPE credits for CPAs. For more information please visit us at or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative.

Recent Posts