Friday, June 1st, 2012
As discussed in a previous post, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) recently announced a Green Patent Fast Track designed to provide accelerated examination of patent applications related to “Green” technology in Brazil.
At first glance this looks like an admirable step (more…)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
There have been several green patent complaints filed in the past several weeks in the fields of biofuels, LEDs, lithium ion batteries, and industrial water purification.
Gevo, Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC and (more…)
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
The Heslin Rothenberg firm’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) 2011 Year in Review was published earlier this month.
The 2011 roundup found that granted green patents were at an all time high of 2331 for last year, a rise of 450 patents, or 24%, over 2010.
Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is quarterly (more…)
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Last week we reported the launch of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property’s (INPI) pilot program to accelerate green patent applications.
But there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Though INPI joins several other national intellectual property offices around the world in offering a green patent fast track, this is not simply (more…)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Earlier this week, the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil launched a pilot program to accelerate green patent applications (see the Folha news piece here).
The goal of the program is to reduce the period of examination of patent applications related to green (more…)
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
With the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Green Technology Pilot Program closed, it’s time to think outside the box (and outside the country)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Green Technology Pilot Program is now history.
As of February 27, 2012 petition number 3,500 had (more…)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
There have been a few green patent complaints filed in the last few weeks in the fields of HVAC systems, thermostats and temperature control systems, and tankless water heaters.
HVACs, Thermostats, and Temperature Control
Nidec Motor Corporation v. SNTech, Inc. (more…)
Friday, January 27th, 2012
How the long arm of the law could reach cleantech investors when their portfolio companies become embroiled in green patent litigation
This blog’s readers are well aware of the critical role private-sector funding, (more…)
Monday, December 12th, 2011
In addition to the high legal fees and exposure to potentially hefty damages payouts that accompany allegations of intellectual property infringement, such lawsuits can also be dark clouds over defendants, hampering their ability to do business.
A salient example of this in cleantech is the news that (more…)
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Previous posts (here and here) discussed the patent litigation involving A123 Systems Inc. (A123), a Boston area lithium-ion battery maker, Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec (H-Q), the exclusive licensee of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,910,382, 6,514,640, 7,955,733, 7,960,058 and 7,964,308 (collectively “Cathode (more…)