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Is Virginia Poised to Become a Mid-Atlantic Hub for Offshore Wind Energy?

By Michael P. Giordano, Vandeventer Black LLP While the United States grips with the devastating effects of a tragic offshore oil spill, states on the Atlantic coast are turning their focus toward the development of a different kind of energy off of their own shores. Offshore wind energy has the...

FREE DOWNLOAD: Texas Wind Law – § 1.04 Wind Farm Fundamentals

This free download is an excerpt from Texas Wind Law, the first comprehensive treatise on the laws of wind energy now available for presales. Wind law is a burgeoning area of energy law as the U.S., and especially Texas, tries to diversify sources of alternative energy. With so much happening so quickly...

Worried About Wind?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer So much misinformation has been spread about wind turbines that many reasonable people don't know what to think. As one reader wrote: "Hi Dianne, ... I wondered if you could direct me to reliable sources on the benefits / risks of Wind Turbines...

Green Patent Blog: Chinese Courts Hand Down Split Decisions as AMSC-Sinovel IP Disputes Get Moving

In a previous post , I discussed the IP litigation in China between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Chinese wind energy system maker Sinovel . The dispute centers on allegations that Sinovel misappropriated AMSC's software code for controlling wind turbines and power converters. Last year...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: Federal Circuit Clarifies Rights of Appeal of International Trade Commission Decisions

On February 29, 2012, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in General Elec. Co. v. Int'l Trade Comm'n , No. 2010-1223 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 29, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. This was an appeal by General Electric ("GE") of a decision by the International...

Green Patent Blog: Federal Circuit Shunts Aside ITC Ruling as GE Wins Domestic Industry Appeal

A previous post discussed Mitsubishi's win over GE in the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) case involving three of GE's variable speed turbine patents, one front of the competitors' major wind patent litigation. The accused products in that case are Mitsubishi's models MWT...

Green Patent Blog: Jury Finds Mitsubishi Owes GE $170 Million for Wind Patent Infringement

In a previous post , I discussed a Texas federal court decision denying Mitsubishi's motion for summary judgment in which it argued it did not infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,629,705 ('705 Patent) and that the '705 Patent is invalid. The '705 Patent is entitled "Method and apparatus...

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...

Wind Controversy Research Report

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Here is a link to Renew Canada's 2011 research report, Wind Controversy in Ontario . The report was intended to be a neutral evaluation of the evidence cited by pro and anti-wind groups. According to the Executive Summary: The report examined...

New MOU to Provide for Streamlined Review Of Wind Energy Projects In Great Lakes

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On March 30, 2012, the White House announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with five states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania) that is intended to streamline environmental and other reviews...

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately, replaced interim guidelines issued by FWS in...

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately, replaced interim guidelines issued by FWS in 2003...

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...

Wind Turbine Control Software Code Lawsuits Winding Their Way Up Through Chinese Appellate Courts

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: 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...

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William A. Ruskin: A Deal Is A Deal: Ecogen Wind Prevails In Windfarming Dispute

By William A. Ruskin | The New York Law Journal reported on January 2, 2014 that the Town of Prattsburgh, which, during the relevant time, had virtually no laws, codes or requirements on the books governing the installation of wind turbine facilities, was not permitted by the court to retroactively...

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. ...