December 09, 2008

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. Announces Clean Energy Patent Growth Index Results

By: by Jeff Rothenberg, Partner, Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti PC


ALBANY, NY-Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Albany, New York, is pleased to announce results for the third quarter of 2008 for the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) by the firm's Cleantech Group.

The CEPGI tracks the granting of patents in the Clean Energy sector and monitors important technological breakthroughs in this field.  Victor Cardona, Co-chair of the firm's Cleantech Group  stated, "we are pleased to announce results for the Third Quarter 2008 edition of the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index which illustrates the trend of innovative activity in the vital clean energy sector, and identifies the top patent owners, States and Countries."

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector since 2002 in the U.S., along with Leading Patent Owners and Leading Country and State information.  Results from the third quarter of 2008 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 230 granted U.S. patents which is up thirteen from the second quarter of 2008 and up from a value of 211 in the third quarter of 2007.

The components breakdown of the CEPGI continues to show fuel cells dominating the other components in absolute numbers.  A downward trend for fuel cells was reversed with an increase of 38 issued fuel cell patents relative to the second quarter, returning to a level (152) last seen in 2006.  Granted wind (32) and solar patents (13) both fell compared to the second quarter while hybrid/electric vehicle patents (25) reversed a long decline.  Also, tidal/wave energy granted patents (4) reversed a three-month upward trend.   

GM led clean energy patent owners with 17 taking the lead from GE, the leader in the second quarter, based a surge in fuel cell patents with an assist from hybrid/electric vehicle patents. GE was tied with Honda at 12.  GE's patents (9 of 12) were overwhelmingly wind power related while Honda's granted patents (9 of 12) like GM were predominantly fuel cell related.  Toyota with 7 patents followed the leaders based primarily (6 of 7) on its fuel cell patents and Ford was tied with Toyota due to a unified showing of hybrid/electric patents.  Matsushita Electric also tied Toyota and Ford based on a fuel cell only showing.  Hewlett-Packard entered the top ten with 5 fuel cell patents.  Rounding out the top ten were more fuel cell patents issued to Plug Power, UTC Power and Delphi Technologies.  

Japan with 57 granted patents (down 8 from the second quarter) continued to lead the U.S. states and other countries which have historically contended for the geographical clean energy patent crown.  Michigan was up sharply with 29 (versus 13 in the second quarter) followed by New York at 21, up 1.  Germany had seventeen issued clean energy patents equal to the second quarter and California was down 5 at 15.  Canada rounded out the field at 5, down 1. 

Coming soon, the 2008 wrap up edition of the CEPGI will provide year end totals along with  more detailed geographic and patent owner information

Further information regarding the CEPGI is available at  Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, is dedicated exclusively to representing clients in the protection and commercialization of intellectual property, both domestic and foreign, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has gained national recognition in the area of Intellectual Property Law and was listed among the "Top Patent Firms" and "Top Trademark Firms" in Intellectual Property Law Today.