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Substantial Increase in Solar Patent Activity in 2010

By Aaron Barker The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported that the U.S. solar market grew 67% in value in 2010. We have also noticed that the amazing growth in the solar industry is reflected in U.S. patent activity. Because the solar industry covers a wide range of technologies, we looked at a simple example … Continue Reading

LexisNexis Selects Renewable + Law Blog to its Top 50 Environmental Law Blogs List

Having first reported to our readers in February that LexisNexis had nominated the Stoel Rives Renewable + Law Blog for its Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Blogs for 2011 award, we are pleased to announce we made the list of winners! In publishing its Top 50 list, LexisNexis declared that our Renewable + … Continue Reading

This Week in Biofuels, A Patent Perspective

On December 7, 2010 the United States Patent Office published several new biofuels-related patents, including one to Amyris Biotechnologies relating to a jet fuel or diesel fuel including a bioengineered isoprenoid component. US Patent 7,846,712 (Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC) claims an isolated polynucleotide having an amino acid sequence that is at least 95% identical … Continue Reading

This Week in Biofuels, A Patent Perspective

On December 2, 2010, the United States Patent Office published two Novozymes applications relating to bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass and an Iogen application relating to bioethanol production from lignocellulosic. On the same date, the World Intellectual Property Organization published a Solazyme application relating to biodiesel, renewable diesel and jet fuel production. US Patent Pub. … Continue Reading

This Week in Biofuels, A Patent Perspective

The US and PCT patent organizations published the following patents and applications during the first weeks of September 2010: US Patent Pub. No. 2010/0224246 (Naval Research Lab) relates to a photosynthetically replenished microbial solar cell with the capability of electrical power generation during light and dark periods. The solar cell includes a microbial fuel cell … Continue Reading

This Week in Biofuels, a Patent Perspective

The US and PCT patent organizations published the following patents and applications during the week of August 30, 2010: WO2010099406 (University of Maryland) relates to a producing ethanol and other products from plant material. According to the specification, a liquid pulp suspension of lignocellulose materials is combined with a culture of one or more marine … Continue Reading

THIS WEEK IN BIOFUELS, A PATENT PERSPECTIVE

By our colleague Edna Vassilovski: The US and PCT patent organizations published the following patents and applications during the week of August 15, 2010: WO2010093835 (Xyleco) relates to a utilizing existing manufacturing facilities, such as those used for the production of starch-, sucrose-, or lactose-based ethanol, to produce non-starch, non-sucrose, and non-lactose based products. The … Continue Reading

This Week in Biofuels, A Patent Perspective

From our colleague Edna Vassilovski: On July 29, 2010, the following U.S. patent applications were published relating to biofuels: U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20100191022 (Undisclosed assignee) relates to the use of Arundo donax feedstock in a gasification process to produce ethanol. According to the application, ethanol is produced substantially without by-products except for an ash … Continue Reading

The Week in Biofuels, A (U.S.) Patent (Application) Perspective

From our colleague Edna Vassilovski: The following U.S. patent applications published this week relating to biofuels. U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20100184161 (The Regents of the University of California) discloses a thermophilic endo-beta-1,4 xylanase derived from Acidothermus cellulolyticus useful in the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic material. U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20100184151 (Iogen) discloses a process in which … Continue Reading

THIS WEEK IN BIOFUELS, A (PCT) PATENT PERSPECTIVE

From our colleague Edna Vassilovski: July 15, 2010: WIPO published over a dozen patent applications relating to biofuels. DuPont, Novozymes, BP Biofuels UK, Xyleco and Borregaard Industries each had one or more PCT applications publish as follows: 1. DuPont. Seven PCT applications published relating to pretreatment of biomass for second generation biofuels. The majority of … Continue Reading

New Tool for Renewable Energy Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Companies

On June 30, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") launched its Technology Commercialization Portal (the "Portal").  The Portal is an online resource that provides a mechanism for investors, entrepreneurs and companies to identify new technologies coming out of DOE laboratories and other participating research institutions.  Relevant technologies include: Advanced Materials Biomass and Biofuels Building Energy Efficiency Electricity Transmission and … Continue Reading

USPTO Announces Pilot Program to Speed Up Green Tech Patents

An update on intellectual property issues from my colleague, John Rafter: On December 7, 2009 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") announced the launch of a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain green technology patent applications. Under the Green Technology Pilot Program, patent applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of … Continue Reading

USPTO Rescinds Controversial Patent Regulations Package Proposed by Previous Administration

  An update on intellectual property issues from my colleague, John Rafter:   Having previously moved to stay proceedings in the Tafas v. Doll case pending the induction of David Kappos as the new Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), the USPTO announced on October 8, 2009 that it will join with … Continue Reading
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