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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - August 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....more

Green Tech IP after Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Paris Climate Agreement sets forth goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases with the magnitude and timeline for such reduction being self-imposed by each signatory country.1 The withdrawal of the United States from the...more

Life, Liberty, and…IPRs? SCOTUS to Weigh in on Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Bryan Cave on

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (June 12, 2017), to decide whether post-grant proceedings created under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) are...more

Norway and Sweden agree on extending the El-certificate system

by DLA Piper on

Norway and Sweden have agreed on changes to the El-Certificate support system. This is good news for the RE marked in the Nordics as there have been a lot of uncertainty on the future of the support system, when Norway from...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

by Smart & Biggar on

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

An Update on Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Law - Act 13 - After Supreme Court Decisions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While many key provisions of Act 13 have now been struck down by the Supreme Court’s two Robinson decisions, much of the Act remains. Act 13 of 2012 represented a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law and...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

by King & Spalding on

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Nigerian Power Sector: Opportunities and Challenges for Investment in 2016

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A summary of the existing power sector in Nigeria, current key initiatives, and opportunities and challenges for developers, investors and lenders. Introduction - During the launch of Power Africa in 2013, President...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Second Quarter of 2015

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q2 2015 for the energy industry including court protection for companies using hydraulic...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

Mixology 101: Blending Trade Secret Protections and Fracking Chemical Reporting

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether you live in the East, the Great Plains, the Southwest, or the Rocky Mountain West, the oil and gas industry’s use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in oil and gas development is something you have likely heard a...more

Reporting Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - New BLM Rules and EPA Study Spotlight FracFocus

by King & Spalding on

In the past ten days, the federal government has articulated different views on the utility and effectiveness of FracFocus, a website used by many operators to report the chemicals used to fracture their wells. In its final...more

Settlement Reached in Wyoming Fracking Disclosure Lawsuit: Heavier Burden of Proof for Companies Claiming Trade Secret or...

As we’ve previously discussed, a patchwork of state regulations requiring disclosure of chemicals used in fracking have been enacted by several states in recent years. One such regulation was by the State of Wyoming. While...more

Energy Management Patent Triggers a Covered Business Method Review

Faced with a patent threat, renewable energy and climate change companies may have a new defense option – a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding. Ushered in less than 2 years ago as part of comprehensive patent reform...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2015

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One - Have the Challenges of the Energy Transition been Overcome? - Challenges for energy security in Europe: Do European...more

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

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

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

In Wyoming, a Higher Burden for Chemical Disclosure Exemption?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Powder River Basin Resource Council v. Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Wyoming Supreme Court held that the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the burden of justifying the use of trade secrets...more

Florida House Subcommittee Advances Fracking Disclosure Bills

by BakerHostetler on

The Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee voted 8-4 on Tuesday in support of two bills that would require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. While not as shale rich as its neighboring states to...more

Seismic Data Held by a Board: A Warning Before You Look

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Caution should be exercised when requesting, reviewing or sharing seismic data held by a regulatory authority, as demonstrated by the latest decision in a series of lawsuits commenced by Geophysical Service Incorporated...more

Fracking Trade Secret Rules: A Tug Of War Without Winners

In the approximately 31 states with known reserves amenable to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a tug of war is being waged between an oil and gas industry seeking to protect its proprietary processes and environmental...more

Concerns about BLM’s Failure to Protect Trade Secrets Headline Rulemaking Comments

by BakerHostetler on

When the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on May 16, 2013, it believed that it had struck a balance between industry and...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2013

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - The President's Climate Action Plan - Mixed Messages for the Energy Sector - As Coal Exports Hit Record Highs, Interior Inspector General Questions Lease Valuations - U.S. Supreme Court Agrees...more

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

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