Green Patent Blog: Cofactor Key Factor as Gevo Dodges Injunction

Biobutanol maker Gevo dodged a bullet with a big win last week [June 19th] in its expanding patent war with Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Butamax) (see previous posts here , here , here , here , here , and the post on Butamax's opening shot ). While Butamax did have exactly one week of satisfaction...

Green Patent Blog: More Downstream Solar Patent Lit: SolarDock Sues Former Disciples of the Mount

Blue Sunny Skies and Sun Energy Partners f/k/a McConnell Energy Solutions and d/b/a SolarDock is a Delaware company that makes solar module mounting systems. SolarDock owns U.S. Patent No. 6,968,654 , entitled "Solar panel mounting structure, solar panel system, and methods of making and installing...

Green Patent Blog: GE Dodges Mitsubishi Wind Turbine Blade Pitch Angle Patent

A previous post discussed Mitsubishi's patent infringement action against GE in which the Japanese conglomerate fought back against multiple infringement suits (see, e.g., here and here ) brought against it by GE. Mitsubishi's Complaint , filed in the Middle District of Florida, accused GE...

Green Patent Blog: Looking Back at the Top Green IP Stories of 2012

Before we start fresh with the new green IP issues as they unfold in 2013, here is a look back at some of the top stories from 2012. No. 8: With Pilot Past, How to Get Green Patents Fast? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Green Technology Pilot Program came to end in February, prompting...

In the World of Green Patents, Does Chaos Equal Opportunity?

by: The Real Law Editorial Team Few industries present as much promise as green technology. And few industries are in such need of legal help. As a result, making green products or generating energy in more efficient and environmentally friendly ways is a mix of opportunity and confusion that any...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update

In the last month several green patent complaints were filed in the fields of LEDs, advanced batteries and smart grid. LEDs Bayco Products, Inc. v. Philips Intellectual Property & Standards Bayco Products (Bayco), a Texas company that makes lighting products including LED flashlights...

(Green) Patent PR

A few years ago, during the height of the green patent fast track craze, I wrote a post on clean tech companies generating PR about their patent applications being accepted into an accelerated examination program or being granted by such a program. Though the excitement has died down and the USPTO...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Summer 2013, Part I

I will catch up on the new green patent lawsuits filed in the last few months with a two-part green patent complaint update. The first part covers May through mid-June, which saw several new green patent complaints in the areas of biofuels, fuel recycling, smart grid, and LEDs, and other energy efficient...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Summer 2013, Part II

The second part of this green patent complaint update covers the period mid-June through most of July, during which several new complaints were filed in the areas of biofuels, components for hybrid and electric vehicles, LEDs, energy efficiency, solar air conditioners, water technology, and waste treatment...

Butamax Avoids Infringement of Two Gevo Patents on Summary Judgment

I’ve been covering the ongoing patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax over a number of patents relating to methods of producing biobutanol. The lawsuit started in January 2011 with Butamax’s initial complaint filed in federal court...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Fall 2013

There have been a number of green patent complaints filed in the last several weeks in the areas of biofuels, LEDs, and smart grid. Biofuels GS Cleantech Corporation v. Aemetis, Inc. et al. GS Cleantech Corporation v. Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC GS Cleantech Corporation v. Little Sioux...

No Fahrvergnügen for Kruse as Volkswagen Escapes Infringement of Diesel Engine Patents

In a previous post , I discussed the infringement suit in which Kruse Technology Partnership (“Kruse”) accused several automakers, including Daimler, Mercedes-Benz USA, Volkswagen, Ford and Chrysler of infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 5,265,562 (“’562 patent”), 6,058,904 (“’904...

Optimizing Green Patent Protection: A Study in Energy Storage Service

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...

On the Present and Future of Green Patent Litigation

Law360 recently published an article assessing the state of renewable energy patent litigation. Entitled “Clean Energy Patent Boom Sets Stage For IP Wars,” [subscription required] the gist of the piece is that there has been little patent litigation in the renewable energy industry so far...

The Top Green IP Stories of 2013

Before we turn to new green IP issues as they unfold in 2014, here is a look back at some of the top stories from 2013. No. 7: Green Patent PR Clean tech is competitive, and PR is one of the tools used to stand out in a competitive industry. But who would have thought PR around green patents could...

Green Patent Fast Track Opens in Taiwan

It’s been a while since a national intellectual property office has seen fit to open a fast lane for green technology patent applications. So the recent announcement out of Taiwan is welcome news. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) now includes green technology as a new category...

Butamax Wins on Appeal as Federal Circuit Reverses Enzyme Claim Construction

There’s been another big twist in the biobutanol battle between BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax and Gevo, its arch rival in advanced biofuels. A previous post discussed the district court’s ruling granting Gevo’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement under the doctrine...

In GE Wind Patent Fight Federal Circuit Affirms Wilkins Inventorship Story is Incredible

In previous posts ( here , here , here , and here ), I discussed a significant ancillary battle in the GE-Mitsubishi wind patent war. In this entertaining sideshow, GE and a former employee, Thomas Wilkins, have been fighting over ownership of two of the patents involved in the larger litigation. ...

Elon Musk Launches the Tesla-Patent Commons

About six years ago, a handful of tech companies launched the Eco-Patent Commons . This initiative to share environmentally friendly patented technologies is administered by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a Geneva-based organization that promotes sustainability in business...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Part I

A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several months in the areas of hybrid electric vehicles, ethanol production, LEDs, water treatment, and exhaust treatment catalysts. This post covers new lawsuits filed from late 2013 to the end of March 2014. Hybrid Electric Vehicles...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Part II

A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several months in the areas of energy management software, LEDs, smart meters, vertical axis wind turbines, and wastewater treatment. This post covers new lawsuits filed from the end of March through the end of June. Energy Management...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Summer 2014

As with many things, July and August were slow months for green patent litigation. However, a handful of green patent complaints were filed in the last two months in the areas of solar power, green chemicals, smart meters, and, of course, LEDs. Solar Power Conlin v. Solarcraft, Inc. Kevin L...

ECO founder Helps Engineers Become Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Just a quick report on a recent addition to the clean tech start-up community and blogosphere. It’s called ECO founder , and the company hasn’t developed any exciting technology or new business model. It provides something much more fundamental. ECO founder helps engineers with green tech...

GE Settles Signage LED Patent Suit; Offers Patents for License

One of the major green patent lawsuits I’ve been following in this space – GE Lighting v. Agilight – has settled. GE announced the settlement in a recent press release . The suit involved four GE LED patents, some relating to use of LED modules for signage applications: U.S. Patent...

CEPGI Report Shows Record Quarter for Green Patents and Solar Patents in Q2 2014

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) recently released its Second Quarter 2014 Results . Researched and published by the Heslin Rothenberg law firm, CEPGI is a quarterly report on clean energy patents issued in the United States. The big news is that the 940 green patents granted in the second...