Clean Energy Patents on the Rise

The Clean Tech sector is IP-intense, and patent protection strategy is front and centre for most clean tech companies. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI), patent filings are on the rise in the Clean Tech sector. Results from the second quarter of 2010 show that U.S. issued patents are up in this sector almost 60 percent over the second quarter of 2009.  For Canadian companies in the Clean Tech industry, intellectual protection strategies will often start with patent prosecution in the US and internationally through the PCT international patent application system.  Canadian inventors can take advantage of the “IPC Green Inventory”, which was developed by the IPC Committee of Experts to facilitate patent searches relating to so-called Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs). 

Patent filings are up, and stock-market performance is encouraging in an otherwise rocky financial landscape. The Canadian S&P/TSX Clean Technology Index (launched in March, 2010) has now been up for 6 months tracking the results of TSX-listed companies whose core business is in “green technologies and sustainable infrastructure solutions.” 

Calgary – 09:00 MT

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