Patents as green growth indicators…results from OECD

On way to measure innovation of a country in the green space is to look at patent filings.  The data shows that China is clearly in the lead. Indeed, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) uses patent filings as a metric for innovation and publishes its results on the following web-site: http://www.oecd.org/env/indicators-modelling-outlooks/green-patents.htm OECD … Continue reading Patents as green growth indicators…results from OECD

Scale up…opportunities for patenting

The scale-up phase of innovation often presents daunting challenges.  However, where there are problems to be solved, patenting opportunities may follow.  Such late-stage innovation is often more incremental in nature than an initial invention that forms the core of the business, but cumulatively, a platform of key enabling patents may hold significant value to a … Continue reading Scale up…opportunities for patenting

Invention mining – finding those gold nuggets

Sometimes you need to do a bit of digging to figure out if there are gold nuggets embedded in your R and D programs that are not being brought to the fore for patenting.  While this might not be a problem for a start-up, it can become an issue as your company gets bigger. I've … Continue reading Invention mining – finding those gold nuggets

Canada emerging as a leader in green tech

Canada is increasingly becoming an important player in the development and patenting of climate change mitigation technologies, with relative specialization in carbon capture, buildings (energy efficiency) and smart grids.  For the interested reader, detailed statistics are available in the 2016 IP Canada Report, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, available online … Continue reading Canada emerging as a leader in green tech

When not to get a patent…some things to consider

I love writing patent applications so it pains me to write this post.  However, in certain circumstances it just makes the most business sense to not get a patent. Sometimes you think that you had a great idea, then perfected it by reducing it to practice, but after a prior art search, found out that … Continue reading When not to get a patent…some things to consider

Inventor recognition programs: Should you have them?

Inventors love to be recognized for their innovations!  In fact, most of us like positive feedback from the fruits of our labour.  However, creating something new and innovative often has a very special place in an inventor's heart.  An invention is often an inventor's brain child and a patent embodies its genius.  From my experience, … Continue reading Inventor recognition programs: Should you have them?

Did you know that green tech patent applications in Canada are eligible for fast track examination?

The Canadian Patent Office allows patent applicants of green technology to jump the queue and get their patent applications examined more quickly.  Not only that, the Patent Office does not require a fee for doing so.  The wait time for receiving a first examiner's report in Canada in the absence of a fast track request … Continue reading Did you know that green tech patent applications in Canada are eligible for fast track examination?

Some tips on arguing your case before the Patent Office…be thorough!

While getting a patent is key to the success of a green tech start-up, the ability to obtain issuance of an application can be quite challenging.  Additionally, each country has its own unique set of patent laws that need to be navigated.  Success in patenting green tech requires not only experience in this field (in … Continue reading Some tips on arguing your case before the Patent Office…be thorough!

You’ve decided to get a patent…now what?

Patenting takes work, and usually lots of it.  Don't let this deter you though - just break it down into manageable pieces. Once you have decided to take the plunge and start the process of securing patent protection for your invention, the first thing you should do is find a good patent agent.  A patent … Continue reading You’ve decided to get a patent…now what?

What is the value in getting a patent? What a start-up needs to know

So you have decided to start up a company in the green space.  Is there any value in getting a patent? As most reading this will be aware, a patent can help give you market exclusivity for your new product or process (providing there are no blocking patents).  This enables you to have a huge … Continue reading What is the value in getting a patent? What a start-up needs to know