Author: Eric Lane

Eric Lane is a patent and trademark attorney and the Principal at Green Patent Law in San Diego and the author of Green Patent Blog. Mr. Lane can be reached at (619) 818-6043 and at elane@greenpatentlaw.com.

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. Last week, of course, Elon Musk, Read more…


A previous post discussed AgiLight‘s summary judgment win at the district court level where the LED lighting developer’s products were found not to infringe two GE patents, U.S. Patent Nos.7,633,055 (’055 Patent) and 7,832,896 (’896 Patent) Two other GE patents  – 7,160,140 entitled “LED string light engine” (’140 Read more…


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 Read more…


The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) recently released its 2013 Year in Review.  Researched and published by the Heslin Rothenberg law firm, CEPGI is a quarterly report on clean energy patents granted in the United States. CEPGI has been tracking green patent trends Read more…


A piece published this week on Green Car Reports starts this way: No one wants to buy a brand-new car, only to find out that its real-world fuel economy doesn’t match the numbers on the window sticker. It struck me Read more…


Berkeley-based IP Checkups recently published its 2013 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 of the Read more…


A previous post discussed the dismissal of Danisco‘s declaratory judgment action against its rival Novozymes.  As described by the San Francisco district court decision, the Danish companies are “reputedly the two major competitors in the field of developing and supplying industrial enzymes Read more…


If you’re in or around San Diego this week be sure to check out the Cleantech Open Business Briefing this Thursday, April 10th. The Cleantech Open is a non-profit organization that runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator.  The Business Accelerator Read more…


Ever wonder who owns all the smart grid patents?  With all of the acquisitions in smart grid (see, e.g., here and here), it seems a lot of folks have been considering the question. A recent study by patent analytics firm Read more…


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 Read more…


A previous post reported on Tesla’s Chinese trademark problem. Apparently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark in China, blocking the American automaker from using the mark there. Mr. Zhan was also Read more…


A previous post reported on a declaratory judgment action brought by DuPont-owned biopharmaceutical company Danisco against Novozymes. The two companies are both Danish and appear to be arch rivals. As the court described it, they are “reputedly the two major Read more…


LightSail Energy (LightSail) is a Berkeley, California, company that has developed compressed air energy storage technology which may be used for grid-scale storage. The company’s central innovation is the injection of a mist of water spray into a compressed air Read more…


Valence Technology (Valence) is an Austin, Texas, energy storage technology developer that makes lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery modules. According to this piece in the Austin Business Journal, Valence recently won a four-year patent infringement suit against Montreal-based Phostech Lithium

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