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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...

The Top Green IP Stories of 2014

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 for the Federal Circuit effectively ended a...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Fourth Quarter 2014

Several new green patent complaints were filed in late 2014 (late October, November, and December) in the areas of environmental remediation, LEDs, green dry cleaning solvents, and smart grid. Environmental Remediation Peroxychem LLC v. Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc. Peroxychem...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Jan.-Feb. 2015

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. Umicore N.V. et al. In this lawsuit BASF and...

BASF Brings Battery Battle to the Border

A previous post reported that chemical giant BASF and UChicago Argonne LLC (Argonne) sued Belgium-based Umicore and Japan-based Makita Corporation for infringement of two patents relating to cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. That lawsuit was filed February 20, 2015 in the U.S. District Court...

CleanTech PatentEdge Annual Report Shows Green Patenting Grew in 2014

Berkeley-based IP Checkups recently published its 2014 Annual Report on cleantech patenting trends. Based on the firm’s proprietary green patent database - Cleantech PatentEdge™ - the report contains much interesting analysis driven by this powerful data analytics tool. The major finding...

Jury Verdict for Everlight Knocks Out Nichia Patents

A previous post discussed the declaratory judgment complaint ( Everlight-Nichia Complaint ) Everlight Electronics filed against Nichia in federal court in Michigan in April 2012. Everlight sought declaratory judgment of non-infringement, invalidity, and unenforceability due to inequitable conduct...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for Mar.-Apr. 2015

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 company call Power Regeneration has accused Siemens...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint Update for May-June 2015

Several new green patent complaints were filed in May and June in the areas of LEDs, smart grid, and solar power including solar mounting systems and solar powered lanterns. LEDs Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. iGuzzini Lighting USA, Ltd. et al. On May 22, 2015, Philips sued iGuzzini for infringement...

Clean Tech in Court: Green Patent Complaint (and Settlement) Update for Jul.-Aug. 2015

Several new green patent complaints were filed in July and August in the areas of LEDs, smart grid, and water meters. But before we get to that, a significant green patent case settled during this period. Colorado-based Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax announced that they entered into worldwide...

Book Review: The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology by Kelly Sims Gallagher

The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China is a thoroughly researched and well-written book and an important contribution to the subject of clean tech innovation. Five years in the making, Kelly Sims Gallagher’s book uses case studies of four clean energy industries (gas...

FTC Proactive and Preemptive on Green Certifications

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), America’s consumer watchdog agency, has historically been ahead of the curve on greenwashing. In 1992, it first published its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims , commonly know as the Green Guides, which provide a framework for green marketers...