Philip Totaro – Totaro & Associates

YieldCo Asset Buying Spree Could Lead to Uptick in IP Infringements

The strategy of YieldCo asset acquisition in renewables, and particularly wind, has the potential to trigger a significant amount of M&A. But a potential risk is lurking at re-sale time for some wind parks which comprises…more

Cost of Design Changes Need to be Factored to Avoid IP Infringements

Design changes can be costly, particularly when the latter stages of technology maturity and product incorporation have occurred. Estimates have put the cost of design changes at 100X the value of non-recurring engineering…more

Lifting the Veil on the Commercial & Supply Chain Risks of IP

The sourcing practices of a company can have profound implications on the commercial success of their products, particularly if they are system integrators. But one aspect of sourcing that is often overlooked is the intellectual…more

Incorporating Technology Maturity into IP Asset Valuation

The plethora of intellectual property (IP) asset valuation models available might seem to cover the wide-ranging array of needs when it comes to asset appraisal. However, they appear to inadequately address the contribution of…more

The New Paradigm for IPR Evaluation in Design Engineering

Years ago it was common practice for companies to competitively benchmark the products in their industry in a comprehensive and thorough manner. Recently there are numerous examples of companies who introduce new products to…more

The Value of Hard Work in the Age of Big Data & AI for IP Analytics

The phrase ‘garbage-in, garbage-out’ is often used to describe analysis tools which apply a perfectly sound analysis methodology to a data set which was not comprehensively cultivated or qualitatively assessed in the first…more

Global Wind Innovation Trends Report, 2014

Pace of innovation slowed recently, but is set to skyrocket again Totaro & Associates, a Houston, TX based research and consulting firm has released a new research report on the pace of wind turbine technology proliferation…more

Will Turbine OEM Certified ISPs be The Future of O&M?

The current shift of wind turbine OEMs into providing more services has been the result of a need to replenish the revenue drop-off from recent lagging turbine sales, as well as a desire to regulate the services being performed…more

Value of Independent IPR Certification to Project Financiers & Turbine Purchasers

There was a point in time at which independent technical certification of a wind turbine architecture was not mandated. Nowadays, third-party technical certification is a necessity to secure project finance and a sensible…more

US Leads, Europe Second as Wind Industry Spends $430M on Patent Protection

Totaro & Associates, a Santa Barbara, CA based consulting firm has released a new research report on the wind turbine technology and intellectual property (IP) landscape. The research shows that the US has the greatest number…more
| Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions

Groundbreaking Research Identifies IP Arms Race in Wind

Our new research report has catalogued over 27,500 global patent filings related to horizontal-axis, utility-scale wind turbine technology. The report shows only about 1% of issued patents are a high impact on the products and…more
| Energy & Utilities, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Products Liability

Wind Project Financiers and Developers are Underestimating Patent Infringement Risk

Totaro & Associates has completed the second phase of a study which began in December 2010 on the patent landscape of the horizontal-axis, utility-scale wind industry. We have now read and classified over 23,100 global patents…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Products Liability

Innovation Can Eliminate Dependence on the PTC

What if technology existed for renewable energy which negated the need for the production tax credit (PTC)? What if this technology existed, but wasn’t being introduced to the market? Through our groundbreaking research…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Products Liability

Evaluating Wind Turbine Patent Infringement Risk Exposure

Major international corporations are increasingly becoming the targets of IP infringement suits. This has driven the need for indemnification of patent infringement liability in component/product supply agreements, particularly…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Products Liability

Expecting consolidation in the wind industry – not so fast

Totaro & Associates has released a new research note regarding the price pressure and overcapacity within the wind industry. Overall, what can be expected in the wind industry in the next two years are regional Tier 2/3 wind…more
| Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions
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