The biofuel space is becoming increasingly crowded, making it more and more difficult to carve out a niche for patenting. In addition, case law developments have made patenting more challenging, not just for biofuels, but more generally in all technology areas. This can put a strain on small to medium enterprises without financial resources to … Continue reading Patent analytics – biofuels
I am pleased to present a guest post from Mark Richardson of Keltie LLP on the various routes available to accelerate examination before the UK Patent Office (UKIPO) and European Patent Office (EPO). This post has been reproduced with the kind permission of the author. Patent prosecution in the UK and Europe – acceleration options Prosecuting a patent … Continue reading Patent prosecution in the UK and Europe – acceleration options
Many processes for making biofuels are based, at least partly, on established technologies. The production of drop-in biodiesel can employ hydro-processing steps that are used conventionally in the oil industry to refine crude oil to finished products. Moreover, some processes for the production of alcohol products from biomass feedstock make use of unit operations … Continue reading Green tech patenting – borrowing from established industries
Patenting is expensive. I often receive calls from inventors who are new to patenting their inventions and they are surprised at the initial cost of drafting a patent application and then filing it at the Patent Office. However, patenting an invention is difficult and complex and it takes years of experience to prepare a patent … Continue reading The value of deferring patent costs
Patent protection of new biofuel plant varieties High yielding biofuel crops with increased conversion efficiency can reduce the acreage needed for cultivation and reduce their competition with food crops. It goes without saying that companies that develop new plant varieties for making biofuels should seek patent protection. Similar rationale applies for crops developed for biomaterial … Continue reading Patenting plants for biofuel and biomaterial production
I wrote a post about a month and a half ago about Nikola Tesla and some of his interesting innovation in the green space. I want to share an interesting quote I found on the internet about something he said to a reporter regarding the inventive process. As you'll see from the quote below, he … Continue reading Some quotes from Nikola Tesla – the art of inventing
Tesla was no stranger to the necessity of proper timing for the adoption of a new technology: The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of … Continue reading Did you know Nikola Tesla patented renewable technology?
For a start-up or mid-size company, devising an IP strategy can be a daunting task. Maybe you've filed a few patent applications, but don't yet have a clear plan regarding what you want to achieve with your IP, much less a road-map telling you how to get there. As your patent portfolio grows, without a … Continue reading Is your IP portfolio turning into a rat’s nest?
Quantum what? Entanglement! It means that the quantum state of one sub-atomic particle coincides with that of another such particle despite the fact that the particles are separated by a large distance. If the quantum state of one particle changes, then the quantum state of a second particle changes in a similar manner to correspond … Continue reading Quantum Entanglement – possibly the future of green tech
So, you are starting a company in the green tech space and you’ve ticked off all the boxes. Business plan? Check. NDAs? Check. Patent applications filed? Check. Trademarks…Wait, how about your data? How do you protect that? As the Facebook® scandal has shown us, the value of data cannot be underestimated. Analytics have enough … Continue reading Protecting intangibles…beyond patents