Three Years On, a New Look for GPB

Today is the third anniversary of Green Patent Blog (GPB), and I’m using this milestone as a convenient excuse to switch from the staid, default WordPress template to a new, more modern format.  Still green though. 

[By the way, sorry for the “posts” earlier today regarding the disclaimer and the e-alerts.  Those were hiccups in the transition to the new format.  If you are already a subscriber, you do not need to sign up again.]

I’ve tremendously enjoyed blogging in this space over the last three years, and I look forward to many more years of it.  Many thanks to all of the people who read, subscribe and otherwise support the blog.

In reflecting on the last three years, I believe I’ve remained true to the mission statement that I expressed in my introductory post on December 3, 2007:

Welcome to Green Patent Blog, a site dedicated to discussion and analysis of intellectual property issues in clean technology. Although there a lot of blogs about intellectual property law and several about clean technology, I haven’t seen a site that places the ideas of this important industry into the context of the law that protects them. This blog seeks to do that by reporting on significant court decisions, highlighting interesting newly-issued patents and discussing other legal and technological developments in clean technology. I hope this site will provide some insight to those who develop and market clean tech and seek to protect the intellectual property rights in their technology. In Green Patent Blog I hope to contribute a little bit to protecting the ideas that are preserving the planet.

My first substantive post, Infringing Icon, was about the appeals court decision affirming that the Toyota Prius infringed a patent held by hybrid technology startup Paice. 

What I didn’t know at the time was that this story would go on for years and take many twists and turns, generating posts about Toyota’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation that would threaten to block importation of Toyota vehicles into the U.S., and finally, a settlement with Toyota taking a license to Paice’s patents.

That was just one of the many stories I’ve followed in this space, and I expect GPB will continue to bring you green patent news and information for many years to come.

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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.