Green Patent Blog: Appeals Court Affirms Shrink Link in Solar Cell Encapsulant Trade Secret Case

By Eric L. Lane Specialized Technology Resources (STR) is a Connecticut-based company that makes plastic sheeting material for encapsulating solar cells. In the 1990′s, STR engaged in about five years of intensive R&D to develop a proprietary method to produce a "low-shrink"...

Green Patent Blog: It’s De-ceptive, De-ceitful, De-lusive: DeWind Alleges Wind Farm Greenwash

DeWind Co. (DeWind) is a vertically integrated global wind company headquartered in Germany. One part of DeWind's business is wind farm development, and in 2009 the company entered into an agreement with Glenmore Wind Farm, Urban Power, and Prelude by which it agreed to pay $250,000 for the exclusive...

Green Patent Blog: Wind Case Wends Through Chinese Courts, Perhaps to China Supremes

In previous posts ( here and here ), I discussed the IP litigation in China between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Chinese wind energy system maker Sinovel . The of heart of the dispute is AMSC's allegations that Sinovel misappropriated its propietary software code for controlling wind turbines...

Green Patent Blog: Little “e” is Key as eSolar eNforces eCo-mark

eSolar is a Burbank, California, solar thermal company that makes solar power plants using flat mirrors, or heliostats, to concentrate sunlight onto a centrally located water tank suspended on a tower. This type of structure is known as "power tower" architecture. The company owns U.S. Trademark...

Green Patent Blog: Class Action Charges Nissan with LEAF Greenwash

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 class action complaint accusing...