Several green patent lawsuits have been filed in the last two weeks
in the areas of biofuels, energy storage, smart grid, LEDs and
Genifuel Corporation et al. v. Oyler
This is an inventorship dispute over numerous patent applications
relating to production of fuel and fertilizers from algae, including two
that have issued as U.S. Patents Nos. 7,905,930 and 7,977,076.
In the complaint (Genifuel-Complaint), filed September 15, 2011 in the District of Utah, the Salt Lake City biomass-to-fuels company Genifuel requests an order declaring the defendant is not an inventor of the disputed IP.
Energy Storage - Batteries and Fuel Cells
Lester Electrical Inc. v. Diversified Power Int'l
The complaint (LesterElectrical-Complaint) was filed September 26, 2011 in the District of Nebraska.
Lester Electrical, a Nebraska industrial battery charger company, accuses Diversified Power of infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,114,833 ('833
Patent). The '833 Patent is entitled "Monitoring and controlling
system for battery and battery charger" and is directed to battery
charging and control technology for battery-operated vehicles.
Limnia, Inc. v. Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. et al.
By this complaint (Limnia-Complaint), filed September 13, 2011 in the Central District of California, San Francisco-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Limnia asserts
four patents (and, oddly, one pending patent application) against
Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), United Technologies and AeroVironment.
The patents are U.S. Patents Nos. 7,011,768, entitled "Methods for hydrogen storage using doped alanate compositions," 7,169,489, entitled "Hydrogen storage, distribution, and recovery system," 7,279,222, entitled "Solid state hydrogen storage systems," and 7,399,325, entitled "Method and apparatus for a hydrogen fuel cassette distribution and recovery system."
The accused products are ECD's metal hydride storage containers and
solid hydrogen storage canisters, United Technologies' alanate hydrogen
storage systems, metal hydride systems and polymer-dispersed metal
hydride systems, and a host of AeroVironment's energy systems, electric
vehicle charging solutions, and passenger and fleet electric vehicle
Dow Corning Compound Semiconductor Solutions, LLC v. Cree, Inc.
In this declaratory judgment action (Dow-Cree_Complaint), filed September 27, 2011 in the Eastern District of Michigan, DCCSS requests judicial declarations of non-infringement and invalidity of three Cree patents relating to silicon carbide wafers used as precursors for semiconductors.
The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent No. 7,294,324, entitled "Low basal plane dislocation bulk grown SiC wafers," U.S. Patent No. 7,314,520, entitled "Low 1c screw dislocation 3 inch silicon carbide wafer," and U.S. Patent No. 7,314,521,
entitled "Low micropipe 100 mm silicon carbide wafer." The patents are
directed to silicon carbide wafers having certain diameters and
dislocation densities and methods of making such wafers.
TransData, Inc. v. Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.
This complaint (TransData-Oklahoma_Complaint),
filed September 16, 2011 in the Western District of Oklahoma, is the
latest in a flurry of lawsuits by Texas smart meter company TransData against a number of utilities in the southeastern United States. Details on the other TransData suits can be found in a previous post.
The asserted patents are U.S. Patents Nos. 6,181,294 ('294 Patent), 6,462,713 ('713 Patent) and 6,903,699 ('699
Patent), which relate to antenna and wireless communication devices for
use with electric meters. The '294, '713 and '699 Patents are related
patents which trace back to an original 1998 filing date. They describe
early solutions for wireless transmission of electrical consumption
Atlantis Holding Company, LLC et al. v. Pine Environmental Services, Inc.
Atlantis, Summit Holding Company and Aquarius Holdings Company (d/b/a Proactive Environmental Products) sued environmental monitoring solutions provider Pine Environmental Services (PES) on September 28, 2011 in the District of Maryland (Atlantis-Complaint).
Proactive makes replaceable stainless steel motors for groundwater
sampling equipment, and the plaintiffs accuse PES of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,584,785,
entitled "Groundwater sampling device" ('785 Patent). The '785 Patent
is directed to a replaceable internal electric motor for a groundwater
sampling device, the motor including means to align it with an alignment
pin of the groundwater sampling device.
The complaint also includes allegations of trademark infringement and
counterfeiting based on U.S. trademark registrations for several marks,
including PROACTIVE, PROACTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS, MONSOON, TYPHOON
and HURRICANE for motors and pumps.
Recycling & Waste Management
R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc. v. Scott Environmental Services, Inc.
From the Sow's Ear to Silk Purse Department comes this suit involving U.S. Patent No. 8,007,581 ('851
Patent), entitled "Incorporation of drilling cuttings into stable
load-bearing structures" and directed to processes for recycling drill
cuttings from oil drilling equipment and converting them into
high-load-bearing civil engineering structures such as vehicle roads and
By its complaint (R360-Complaint), filed September 16, 2011 in the Southern District of Texas, R360 requests a decaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of the '581 Patent.
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