Q: have any patents been filed in regard to the new lithium extraction process developed by John Burba?
A: Yes, he has several dozen patents related to lithium, including extraction process from brine.
Some (but not necessarily all) of the patent applications that he is listed as an inventor are found in the following list:
Some (but not necessarily all) of the patents on which he is listed as an inventor are found on this list:
In both lists above there are cases that are not related to the new lithium extraction process that you are interested in.
There may be other patent applications which have been filed within the past 18 months that have not been yet published.
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