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Evergreen IP — Patenting clean energy technologies

Authored byDaphne Lainson

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh’s Daphne C. Lainson examines the drive behind green IP in the November issues of Intellectual Property Magazine.

Clean, green, environmentally friendly, eco-friendly, sustainable... the names given to innovation relating to clean energy technologies (CETs) is lengthy. There is no single definition of what is a clean or green invention. Most patent practitioners would probably agree, however, that many of the new technologies relating to biofuels, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, hydro/marine energy, solar energy, and wind energy are included.

Patenting CETs is no different from any other area of innovation and draws on the traditional sciences relating to biology, chemistry and physics, and the breadth of engineering disciplines. But CETs have drawn special attention, largely due to government and societal interests. Aside from access to medicines, there does not appear to be any other area of technology that has attracted this kind of interest.

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