Friday, April 13th, 2012
As we have written before, Ontario in Canada is working hard to become a hub of alternative energy.
Since 2003, the province has added more than 1,200 MW of installed alternative energy, including 150 solar projects. In 2010 alone, the region added 168 MW of solar power capacity, beating New Jersey (more…)
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Previous posts (here and here) discussed the U.S. International Trade Commission case between solar installation competitors Westinghouse Solar (formerly Akeena Solar) and Zep Solar (Zep) involving two Westinghouse patents, U.S. Patents Nos. 7,406,800 (‘800 Patent) and 7,987,641 (‘641 Patent).
Both patents cover what Westinghouse refers to as (more…)
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
While we are seeing many exciting new developments every day in green technologies, one of the interesting features of the current cleantech boom is its reliance on mature technologies such as solar PV and wind, which went through prior periods of innovation in the 1970s and ’80s.
Thus, many of the green technologies in use today are (more…)
Monday, February 27th, 2012
A previous post discussed one of GE’s more recent wind patent infringement suits against Mitsubishi.
Filed in the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, the complaint (gecomplaint.pdf) alleges that Mitsubishi’s 2.4 megawatt wind turbine infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 6,879,055 (’055 Patent) and 7,629,705 (’705 Patent). (more…)
Friday, January 20th, 2012
What developers and financiers of wind farm projects need to know.
I attended the AWEA Fall Symposium in Carlsbad in November 2011. While it was a good industry gathering, I was intrigued by a panel discussion in which a representative from a major US developer and O&M (operations & maintenance) service provider to wind farms indicated that his (more…)
Friday, November 4th, 2011
I’ve written extensively about the patent infringement and antitrust litigation between wind power rivals GE and Mitsubishi (see, e.g., previous posts here and here).
While that legal battle spans multiple venues, encompasses several different patents, and includes (more…)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
In a previous post, I discussed the new LED patent dispute between Osram, Samsung and LG Electronics (LG). There were a few significant developments last month.
First, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided to investigate allegations raised in two (more…)
Friday, June 24th, 2011
In a major new global LED patent war, Osram has sued Samsung and LG in several forums around the world, including the U.S. International Trade Commission, Delaware and California federal courts, Germany, and (against LG only) in Japan and China.
According to the California complaint against LG (more…)
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Yesterday morning’s keynote address at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum was delivered by Pennsylvania’s ex-governor Ed Rendell, who spoke on the possibilities that renewable energy may gain traction through politics. I suppose anything’s possible, so I tried to track with every word – and I’m glad I did. (more…)
Monday, May 9th, 2011
LED patent litigation remains hot, with two new lawsuits filed last month. In the first, North Carolina LED maker Cree sued SemiLEDs Optoelectronics (SemiLEDs), alleging that SemiLEDs’ MvpLED product line infringes six patents.
The complaint (Cree-Semileds-Complaint), filed in (more…)