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Ford Offers Electric Vehicle Technology Patents to Competitors

Ford Motor Company is allowing competitors to purchase its electrified vehicle technology patents in an effort to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This is more than 20 percent of the patents the company … Read more »

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents

Toyota Makes Available Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Royalty Free

Toyota is making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free. Announced at the 2015 International CES, Toyota says this initiative aims to spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world. Toyota will invite royalty-free use of some 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, … Read more »

Ethanol Deposit Control Technology Receives Third US Patent

US Water has received its third US patent covering its pHytOUT technology for ethanol production. The company says a common problem for ethanol producers is the formation of scale forming deposits in ethanol processing equipment. These deposits impede heat transfer and flow and compromise the proper operation of mechanical devices … Read more »

Proterro Patents Biosynthetic Sugar-Making Process

Proterro Patents Biosynthetic Sugar-Making Process

Proterro, a biofeedstock company that makes sugar instead of extracting it from crops, has patented its biosynthetic sugar-making process. The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 8,597,914 to the company for its technology that integrates transgenic sugar-producing microorganisms with a modular photobioreactor made from off-the-shelf materials. … Read more »

Troll monument in Geiranger seaport

Patent Trolls Threaten Green Innovation

Patent trolls are threatening sustainable innovation and products, The Guardian reports. Small firms are especially at risk, the newspaper says, because their limited budgets may prevent them from fighting back against patent trolls — non-manufacturing companies that exploit libraries of patents to make money on licensing fees from creative firms. … Read more »

US Solar Patents Outpace Fuel Cells for First Time

US Solar Patents Outpace Fuel Cells for First Time

The second quarter of 2013 saw US solar patents outnumber fuel cell patents for the first time, according to research by Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti. The number of solar patents jumped 29 to 246 relative to the first quarter and were up 35 compared to a year prior, Clean Energy Patent … Read more »

Toyota Leads Clean Energy Patent Growth Index

Toyota Leads Clean Energy Patent Growth Index

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted a record 798 clean energy patents in the third quarter of 2012, which saw Toyota receive the highest number of clean energy patents for the third consecutive quarter. The total clean energy patents granted in Q3 was up 199 over the third quarter … Read more »

Record Clean Energy Patents in Q2 2012

Record Clean Energy Patents in Q2 2012

There were a record number of patents granted to the US clean energy sector in the second quarter of 2012, according to results from law firm Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. According to the CEPGI, which provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity … Read more »