Green Patent Predictions: Law Firm Forecast Predicts Rise in Clean Tech Patents

The Woodcock Washburn law firm recently released its 2009 Cleantech Patent Forecast, which predicts rising numbers of clean tech patents in the next few years.

The firm used a proprietary algorithm to predict future clean tech patent trends based on past and current trends in various clean tech sectors.  The sectors analyzed by the report are wind, solar, biofuels, hybrid-electric and fuel cells, all of which are predicted to see growth.

The projected growth in issued patents is as follows:

wind – from 236 in 2008 to almost 600 in 2012

hybrid-electric – from 743 in 2008 to over 1,400 in 2012

solar – from 363 in 2008 to over 900 in 2012

biofuels – from 140 in 2008 to 530 in 2012

fuel cells – from 723 in 2008 to 931 in 2011, down to 912 in 2012

According to the report, the relatively slow growth in fuel cell patents reflects the maturity of the sector compared to the other clean tech sectors.

Whether or not the forecasted stats turn out to be accurate, few would dispute the report’s predictions as to the general trajectory of green patents.

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in New York and is a member of the bar in New York and California. Eric has more than two decades of experience working with wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software.