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News Release


American international industries, Inc. announces receipt of USPTO

NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE and payment of patent issue fee for subsea

blowout containment invention

Houston and Kemah, Texas – August 31, 2011 American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMIN) today announced that its 50% owned subsidiary, Subsea IP Holdings LLC ("Subsea"), has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") for one of its eight (8) patent applications, U.S. Patent Application No. 12/840,907. The required fees have been paid, and Subsea’s first U.S. Patent is expected to be issued by the end of October, 2011.

Scott Wolinsky, President of Subsea, stated "We are making excellent progress towards our goal of obtaining patent protection on various procedures and apparatus for containing subsea oil spills by using a large caisson on seabed leaks near a wellbore. It is our understanding that Marine Well Containment Company ("MWCC", headed by ExxonMobil, has plans to design, develop and test a watertight caisson that is approximately 50 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall, and may be driven into the seabed and used to direct oil and gas flows to the ocean surface through a riser assembly."

Mr. Wolinsky further stated "Subsea has submitted a presentation and proposal to ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and ExxonMobil Development Company after signing a non-confidentiality agreement. We believe that many of the features of the MWCC’s caisson may be described and claimed by our patent applications, which have a priority date that was established before MWCC was formed."

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Subsea is a holding company for an intellectual property ("IP") portfolio associated with various procedures and apparatus configurations that may be implemented to contain oil and/or gas that is uncontrollably spewing due to a subsea blowout, such as what occurred during the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, at least until a relief well can be drilled.  

American International Industries, Inc. is a diversified holding company, with a business model similar to General Electric, Tyco International, and Berkshire Hathaway. The Company has holdings in Industry, Finance and Oil & Gas, and has a significant Real Estate portfolio, all in Houston, TX and its surrounding areas. The vision of the Company is to further develop holdings in its core industries and plans to expand its interests in the energy sector through acquisition of existing companies, applying the financial resources and management expertise to foster the growth and profitability of the acquired businesses. The holding company serves as a financial and professional partner to the management of the subsidiaries. The role of the holding company is to improve each subsidiary’s access to capital, achieve economies of scale by consolidating administrative functions, and utilize the financial and management expertise of corporate personnel across all units. The Company is continuing to work with management of the subsidiary companies to improve revenues, operations and profitability.

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