Written by, Dr. Darricka Carter, LAND sds
As clean energy continues to produce innovation scientists, entrepreneurs and technologist will patent ideas. The sources of solutions will drive entrepreneurs and companies to protect their products and intellectual property. The issue is can the patent office support the needs of those requesting patents in responsive manner.
“Results through the fourth quarter of 2010 reveal the CEPGI for 2010 to be at its highest level ever at 1181 granted patents, up over 170 percent. GM took the yearly Clean Energy Patent Crown from Honda in 2010 while U.S. patent owners hold more U.S. patents than any other country. Also, solar patents passed wind patents in 2010 while fuel cells continued to lead.” As depicted in the below breakdown of the CEPGI by its sub-components, patents in fuel cells and wind were each up over fifty seven percent over 2009. Solar patents were up an astounding 134 percent while hybrid/electric vehicles were up sixty percent. Tidal energy and biomass/biofuel energy patents were up twenty eight and forty one percent, respectively, at fourteen patents each. Hydroelectric patents were up sixteen patents, an over five hundred percent increase. Geothermal patents was the only sector that decreased at five less patents than 2009, a fifty percent decrease. All of the technology sectors, except geothermal, were at all time highs in 2010, surpassing all previous records.”
The U.S. boasts it has produced more patents than the international patent offices but, the standards for what is be patented and how is different to say the least.
The quantity of patents without the infrastructure to use such items is reducing the U.S.’s capacity to innovate ideas into application.
Do the patents reflect the amount of attention and demand brought about by clean energy pull and/or is it that scientist are pushing solar- The push-pull economics.
The outcome of the rise in patents will effectuate capital growth for these companies. The CEPGI did not reveal the use of these patents on the economy, society and uses for clean energy - Time will tell.