It’s All Green IP All the Time at the IP Congress for Green Energy Technology


I will be speaking at the Intellectual Property Congress for Green Energy Technologies (Green IP Congress) in San Francisco next week as part of a panel on green patent fast track programs.

The panel is called “Capitalizing on Accelerated Review for Green Innovation,” and my co-panelists are James McEwen, co-author of a tome on IP in government contracts, and Richard Ogawa, Chief IP Officer for several companies, including Stion and PVT Solar.  Michael Tschupp, of the Sustainable Marks blog, will moderate.

My presentation is called “Global Green Patenting:  Risks and Opportunities from the Fast Track to the Highway,” and will review the anti-patent policies proposed by the UN and developing countries in the recent international climate change treaty talks.  Such policies seek to weaken or eliminate green patents due to a belief that patents act as a barrier to international transfer of clean technologies.

My talk will highlight significant instances of clean tech transfer that belie the notion that green patents are acting as such a barrier. 

I will also provide an overview of some of the exciting opportunities in international green patenting such as the fast track programs offered by the United States, the UK, Korea, and others, which expedite processing and examination of clean tech patent applications.

Aside from academic symposia at law schools, the Green IP Congress is the first conference I know of in the U.S. that is focused entirely on green IP issues. 

It’s a two-day affair and includes presentations and panel discussions on green IP licensing models, international joint ventures using green IP, IP issues in smart grid, green IP litigation, and green branding and green marketing.

Philip Totaro, who has written insightful pieces about wind patents in this space, will speak on “Current and Future Trends in Wind Turbine Technology.”

Other featured presentations include John Lucas of DOE on government assistance for green technologies and Kathryn Atchison and Kathleen McCowin, of UCLA and Berkeley, respectively, on the role of the university in developing and commercializing green energy technologies.

Robert Bahr, the Acting Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will deliver the keynote address.

The Green IP Congress will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District on April 27-28, 2011.  More information can be found here, and the brochure is here (Green IP Congress Brochure).  Feel free to use my speaker discount code - HAB374 – to save $400 off the registration fee.

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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.