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Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

Why Plant Patenting Floats Free of GMO Crop Controversies

Public debates about the merits of genetically modified crops often end in polarized shouting matches. They pit so-called “romantic environmentalists” against scientifically-minded advocates for companies that derive their...more

Speeding Construction of Your Company’s ‘Great Wall’: Protecting Green Technology in China with Utility Models

The Economist recently reported on a World Intellectual Property Organization study that the number of Chinese patents filed abroad is rising. China’s patent office was the busiest in the world in 2012. Coupled with this...more

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 - policy uncertainty sees Australia slipping

The recently released Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 suggests that despite its strength in innovation, Australia is at risk of being left behind as much of the rest of the world forges ahead with investment in...more

Mintz Levin’s London-based IP Practice Group Identifies the UK’s ‘Patent Box’ as a Boon for Clean Technology Clients

The UK government has proposed a new initiative called the “Patent Box,” designed to foster UK-based innovation and development, and enhance the competitiveness of the UK tax system. And, as an advantageous bonus for clean...more

Recent U.S. Patents Granting for Treatment of Hydraulic Fracturing Waters

We continue to monitor patent literature for water and liquid treatment technologies related to hydraulic fracturing. This technology is especially important for western Pennsylvania, the center of the Marcellus Shale region....more

New Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

Supreme Court Rules to Limit the Types of Methods Eligible for Patenting

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed down a unanimous decision in Mayo v. Prometheus holding that method claims for applying a law of nature using merely conventional steps are not eligible for patent protection. Reversing the...more

Can Being Disposable Or Biodegradable Make A Device Patentable?

We all recognize that there are benefits to products that are disposable or biodegradable. However, broadly speaking, everything is disposable or biodegradable, which makes it difficult, in many instances, to patent an...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Bilski Ruling Is Welcome News for Asian Clean Energy Innovators Introduction

Originally published in 9-10/2011 China IP, www.chinaipmagazine.com. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski ensures that the door to patenting business method inventions remains open in America. This ends...more

IP Litigation Insider - December 2010

In This Issue: Qui Tam, Quo Vadis II By: John Jackson and Sara Hollan Judge Ward in the Eastern District of Texas recently determined that the intent to deceive element of a false marking claim need not be plead with...more

USPTO Promises Faster Examination Of “Green Technology” Patent Applications

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will broaden its pilot program to provide faster examination of certain “green technology” patent applications. Launched last year, the pilot program...more

Greentech IP Landscaping

Despite the recent explosion of interest in environmentally friendly technologies, many of the scientific and engineering principles underlying green technologies have been around for decades. For example, harnessing power...more

Energy and Clean Technology Intellectual Property Alert: USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to Cover More Inventions

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced revisions to its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing. Eligibility for the pilot...more

US Patent Office Expands Green Technology Accelerated Examination Program - More categories of invention are now eligible for...

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited examination. Under the Green Technology Pilot Program,...more

U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Eliminates Classification Requirement For "Green Technology" Pilot Program

In December 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a one-year pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain “green technology” patent applications. Under the program, a patent application can...more

Intellectual property v green technology

Intellectual property and climate change go very much hand in glove. The linkage of the two might seem bizarre to some, but in fact, access to technology play a significant role for developing countries. A lack of...more

USPTO Implements the Green Technology Pilot Program to Accelerate Review of Green Technologies

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is implementing a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications. Normally, patent applications are taken up for examination in the order...more

Cleantech Update: A Faster Track to a Greener Future: The USPTO’s New Pilot Program

In December 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a pilot program to accelerate the processing time of “green” patent applications. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fuel...more

CleanTech Update: Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Issues

The world will not be able to mitigate the impact of climate change without advanced clean technologies. Although technology is not the only solution, it is a critical element in the fight against climate change. Technology...more

Energy and Clean Technology Intellectual Property Alert: USPTO Announces Program to Accelerate Review of Green Technology

Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications. Pending patent applications in green technologies...more

Trademark Advisory: What’s in a Domain Name? Maybe "Green," "Clean" Or "Eco"?

Everything is going green these days—even domain names. With the explosion of filings of trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the past several years for proposed marks including the...more

Protecting Innovation: Cleantech and Patents Are Natural Allies

In recent years, the private sector’s efforts to develop responses to environmental challenges have focused strongly on technological solutions. For many businesses in this field, patent protection for innovative technology...more

Protecting Inventions Involving Biofuel Feedstock

In the near future, biofuel feedstock patents have the potential to dominate the biofuel patent landscape by covering the most cost-effective means of production. Biomass feedstock is already recognized as the most...more

Trends in Cleantech Investing

“Cleantech” has become a buzzword for venture capitalists over the past few years. In fact, many if not most venture capital and private equity firms have decided to devote considerable time and resources to this burgeoning...more

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