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CEPGI Q1 Report Shows Solar Patents Challenging Fuel Cell Lead

The Heslin Rothenberg firm recently published its Clean Energy Patent Growth Index First Quarter 2013 Results . Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies. The biggest headline item of the Q1 2013 report...

In LED Greenwashing Case Court Unplugs Lights of America

A previous post discussed an action brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Lights of America (LOA), charging the California LED lamp maker of violating the FTC Act by making false or unsubstantiated advertising claims about its products. In a recent decision , a Los Angeles federal...

Court Enjoins LED Greenwashing; Orders Lighting Co. to Pay $21 Million for Consumer Redress

A previous post discussed a recent court decision giving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a big win and holding that Lights of America (LOA) violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by making false claims about LED lamps replacing certain wattage incandescent lamps and about the lifetime of the company’s...

Court Enjoins LED Greenwashing; Orders Lighting Co. to Pay $21 Million for Consumer Redress

A previous post discussed a recent court decision giving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a big win and holding that Lights of America (LOA) violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by making false claims about LED lamps replacing certain wattage incandescent lamps and about the lifetime of the company’s...

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...

Iowa Could Outshine Florida in Solar Power

Iowa could generate 7 million gigawatt hours of solar photovoltaic energy, an amount that far exceeds the 57,000 gigawatt hours generated in the state by coal, gas, wind and nuclear energy combined in 2010, according to a report released last month. "The potential for solar in Iowa is quite significant...