Monday, November 5th, 2012
A previous post discussed Honeywell’s patent infringement suit against Nest Labs (Nest) asserting seven thermostat control patents. Since then Nest has requested that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reexamine all seven of the patents-in-suit.
A reexamination proceeding allows a third party to submit prior art to the USPTO in connection with a (more…)
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Last October, Popular Mechanics reported that non-practicing entities (NPEs) may have “bled companies for half a trillion dollars” between 1990 and 2010. Sometimes called “patent trolls” by their detractors, NPEs are generally defined as companies that obtain most of their revenue from the licensing and/or enforcement of their intellectual property. (more…)
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
In previous posts here and here I discussed a companion lawsuit to the major GE-Mitsubishi wind patent litigation in which GE and a former employee are fighting over the rights to certain wind turbine technology.
In that suit, filed in the Eastern District of California, GE accused Thomas Wilkins, an electrical engineer (more…)
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Several green patent complaints have been filed in the last several weeks in the areas of biofuels and LEDs.
The big story in biofuels patent litigation is the rapidly expanding patent war between advanced biofuels companies Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture (more…)
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Hybrid electric vehicles have frequently been targeted in court, taking flak for alleged greenwashing (see, e.g., here and here) and alleged patent infringement (see, e.g., here and here).
That trend continued and extended to electric plug-in vehicles with a recent (more…)
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Anyone can look up at the sky and make a guess at tomorrow’s weather. But having actual data informs your opinion and makes your guess a little more accurate.
Which is why, as a managing director of a leading cleantech data provider and responsible for the presentation of its quarterly global cleantech data, I (more…)
Friday, September 28th, 2012
Method is a San Francisco company that makes green cleaning products. Recently, the company’s Belgian competitor, Ecover, acquired Method in a deal that would create the world’s largest pure play green home cleaning company (see Greenbiz article here).
Method has a diverse IP portfolio which includes at (more…)
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) recently published its Q1 2012 Results.
Although fuel cells are still in the top spot with 232 patents, they were down 18 relative to the first quarter of last year. The report shows large year on year gains for solar patents, up 50 at 188, and wind, which totaled 157 patents, up 71 from Q1 2011. (more…)
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
In previous posts here and here, I discussed the major LED patent war between Samsung and Osram in various fora around the world including the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Recently, the two companies reached a settlement, and the ITC terminated its investigation. Although the (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
A previous post discussed the legal action brought by Brazilian developer Desenvix to compel Chinese wind turbine maker Sinovel to permit inspections of its turbines being imported into Brazil.
Due to the major copyright and trade secret lawsuits in China in which American Superconductor (AMSC) (more…)