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Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Summer 2013, Part II
Posted on 22 Aug 2013 by Eric L. Lane

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... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Philips Asserts Five LED Patents; Tries to K.O. Seoul’s “Fundamental” LED Patent
Posted on 10 Apr 2011 by Eric L. Lane

Dutch electronics giant Philips and its LED subsidiary Philips Lumileds Lighting Company (collectively "Philips") have launched the opening shot in what could become a major green patent war. In a complaint ( Philips-Seoul-Complaint ) filed... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Cofactor Key Factor as Gevo Dodges Injunction
Posted on 18 Jul 2012 by Eric L. Lane

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... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Valence Victorious in Canadian Advanced Battery Patent Suit
Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by Eric L. Lane

Valence Technology (Valence) is an Austin, Texas, energy storage technology developer that makes lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery modules. According to this piece in the Austin Business Journal , Valence recently won a four-year patent infringement... Read More

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update, Summer 2013, Part I
Posted on 9 Aug 2013 by Doug Esten

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... Read More

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Mar.-Apr. 2015
Posted on 22 May 2015 by Eric L. Lane

A number of new green patent complaints were filed in the last two months in the areas of energy storage, LED lighting, and smart grid (including lighting control). Energy Storage Power Regeneration, LLC v. Siemens Corporation et al. A Texas... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Chinese Courts Hand Down Split Decisions as AMSC-Sinovel IP Disputes Get Moving
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Eric L. Lane

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... Read More

Environmental Initiatives and the Role of the USPTO'S Green Technology Pilot Program
Posted on 8 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Patent Community Staff

By Sarah M. Wong* * J.D. Candidate, 2012, Marquette University Law School. Excerpt from Environmental Initiatives and the Role of the USPTO'S Green Technology Pilot Program , 16 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 233 (Winter 2012) I. Introduction ... Read More

A Smaller, Quieter, and Greener British Invasion
Posted on 10 Feb 2011 by Eric L. Lane

International cooperation in clean tech innovation and diffusion is increasingly common. One of the trends in this regard is a country's trade officials organizing an international tour of home grown clean tech companies, in many cases to the... Read More

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Jan.-Feb. 2015
Posted on 1 Apr 2015 by Eric L. Lane

In January and February, there were a number of green patent infringement lawsuits filed in the areas of biofuels, hybrid vehicles, LEDs, smart grid, advanced batteries, solar power, and water meters. Advanced Batteries BASF Corporation et al. v... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Looking Back at the Top Green IP Stories of 2012
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Eric L. Lane

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... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Pilot Error: Sarah Tran Critiques the USPTO Green Patent Fast Track
Posted on 16 May 2011 by Eric L. Lane

In a new article, Sarah Tran , a professor at Southern Methodist University School of Law, provides the first (to my knowledge) academic review and critique of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Green Technology Pilot Program ... Read More

The Top Green IP Stories of 2014
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by Eric L. Lane

Before we get into the new news, let’s take a quick look back at the top green IP stories of 2014. 5. GE Wins Ownership of Key Wind Patent In what was something of a sideshow, but with major implications for the main event, the Court of Appeals... Read More

ECO founder Helps Engineers Become Cleantech Entrepreneurs
Posted on 14 Oct 2014 by Eric L. Lane

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... Read More

Green Patent Blog: Brazil is the First BRIC to Fall From the Anti-Green Patent Wall
Posted on 10 May 2012 by Eric L. Lane

Last week [Apr. 17th] we reported the launch of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property's (INPI) pilot program to accelerate green patent applications. But there's a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Though INPI joins... Read More