Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
A previous post reported on Tesla’s Chinese trademark problem. Apparently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark in China, blocking the American automaker from using the mark there.
Mr. Zhan was also operating a web site using the (more…)
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the federal agency responsible for conducting trade negotiations and developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy.
As it did last year, the USTR will again make intellectual property rights (IPR) a top priority in (more…)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
The CBS news show “60 Minutes” sports a history of hatchet-jobs that goes back almost half a century. They’re phenomenally good at selecting a certain conclusion and then supporting it with misleading reporting, trick camera-work, and quotes taken out of context. (more…)
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Post grad work in the field of cleantech education has widened in the past few years. While still a niche program, universities are catching on to the importance and need for higher education within the field. Currently, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, many institutions are making (more…)
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Continuing a tradition since 2007, once again we bring you some end-of-year thoughts about where we think the cleantech investment theme is going.
This year, we’re of the opinion that industry-watchers should take heart. Especially if you’ve been on the page that cleantech is past its prime or otherwise (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Stem is a Millbrae, California, startup that sells and leases its battery energy storage system, which is marketed as a way to reduce consumers’ energy bills. Specifically, the company makes a lithium-ion battery connected to analytics software that determines the best times to draw energy from the battery, thereby reducing electricity demand (more…)
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) recently released its Second Quarter 2013 Results. Researched and published by the Heslin Rothenberg law firm, CEPGI is a quarterly report on green patents issued in the United States.
CEPGI has been tracking green patent trends by (more…)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
A recent article written by Jonathan M.W.W. Chu and published in the Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment takes another look at the role of intellectual property in green technology innovation.
Entitled “Developing and Diffusing Green Technologies: The Impact of Intellectual Property (more…)
Monday, November 11th, 2013
A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several weeks in the areas of biofuels production, recycled food service products, LEDs, reusable diapers, water conservation, and gas conversion technology.
Friday, October 25th, 2013
If you’ve not been paying much attention to cleantech in the last little while, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
Because post-Solyndra, cleantech has been quietly gaining momentum.
We had the chance to take a close look at the fundamentals of cleantech over the last two months in co-authoring a new (and free!) 38-page research report in conjunction with Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group As You Sow and the Responsible Endowments Coalition of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)