Copyright 2008 Space Daily, Distributed by United Press International
April 17, 2008 Thursday
LENGTH: 583 words
HEADLINE: The Greening Of Patent Litigation
BYLINE: Staff Writers
DATELINE: WASHINGTON, April 17
The Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti P.C. continues to monitor Intellectual Property trends in the Cleantech arena. In addition to its signature Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, the Group has analyzed litigation trends in the clean energy area and has found that litigation has proliferated over the last several years.
Issued patents are one indicator of innovation in clean energy technology, and recent litigation in this sector indicates the technology is becoming financially viable to justify patent enforcement. Several cases filed in the federal courts reveals the increasing importance of clean energy patents.
A significant case involving one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world, Enercon, emerged ten years ago. In Enercon v. ITC, the ITC excluded Enercon’s variable speed wind turbines from entering the US after Kenetech Windpower filed a complaint alleging that Enercon’s wind turbines infringed its patents for controlling AC power output.
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