October 17, 2013

Clean Energy Patent Growth Index Results for 2d Quarter 2013



ALBANY, NY—Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. is pleased to announce results for the third quarter of 2013 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, “ Solar patents overtook Fuel Cell patents in the 2d quarter for the first time since tracking began in 2002 after as the upward trajectory of Solar finally passed the uneven growth and recent downward spiral in Fuel Cells. Toyota took the quarterly Clean Energy patent Crown back from GM which had quarterly bragging rights for the first time since the 1st quarter of 2011. The US led all countries. Of countries and US states, Japan led California followed by Michigan, Korea, Germany, New York and Taiwan. ”

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 second quarter of 2013 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 765 granted U.S. patents which is up 27 relative to the first quarter total of 738, but is down 21 relative to the quarter from one year prior. Toyota was granted the highest number of clean energy patents for the second quarter. Quarterly results are illustrated below:

Solar patents topped Fuel Cell patents for the first time in the second quarter of 2013, jumping 29 to 246 relative to the first quarter. Fuel Cells edged Solar by one patent during the first quarter thus the long quarterly reign of Fuel Cell patents - back to 2002 - comes to an end. Solar patents were up 35 compared to a year prior. Fuel Cells (209) topped Wind patents (141) by 68 patents, which dropped 14 relative to the first quarter and 46 versus a year before. Solar patents’ quarterly win makes clear that innovation in this sector continues at a rapid pace despite the failures and consolidations of solar firms across the board that dominate cleantech media reports.

Hybrid-Electric Vehicle patents led the rest of the field with 94, up 13 from the first quarter and up 29 compared to a year prior. Tidal patents were again up three to 22 while Biofuel/Biomass patents dropped one relative to the first quarter to 47. Hydroelectric patents remained at seven for the third consecutive quarter. Geothermal patents were down one compared to the first quarter and up five versus a year ago. Other Alternative Energy patents jumped two to nine.

2012 annual winner Toyota retook the quarterly crown from first quarter winner GM, with 48 clean energy patents in the second quarter thanks to its Fuel Cell (34) and Hybrid/Electric Vehicle patents (13) - with the HEV total leading the quarterly field. GM followed by three but had more Fuel Cell patents (35) than any other in the second quarter. Twenty-two Wind patents, one more than the first quarter, gave GE third place supplemented by three Solar patents and one Other patent. Samsung again had 22 granted Clean Energy patents edging Honda by two and Ford by nine. Samsung's total was fueled by Fuel Cells (16), Solar (5), and Hybrid/Electric Vehicles (1). Honda had 13 Fuel Cell patents, five Hybrid/Electric Vehicle patents, and one each in Solar and Ocean patents. Ford had two less HEV patents than Toyota and had one Fuel Cell and one Biomass/Biofuels patent.

Mitsubishi (12) trailed Ford by one granted clean energy patent and had patents in Hybrid/electric vehicles (3), Wind (8), Solar (1) and Ocean (1). Siemens tied Hyundai with 10 granted clean energy patents. Siemens had Fuel Cell (1) and HEV (9) patents while Hyundai scored in Fuel Cells (5), Hybrid/electric vehicles (4) and Solar. Sunpower rounded out the top ten with 8 Solar patents. It is interesting to note that despite there being more Solar patents granted in the second quarter than the other technologies, among the top ten clean energy patent grantees, Fuel Cells outperformed Solar by over five times, at 105 to 19, suggesting that it is not the large patent grantees, and by extension not the large corporations, driving the explosion in Solar patents - but instead smaller patent grantees are driving this trend.

Japan led non-U.S. holders of U.S. Clean Energy patents and individual U.S. states and had 147 patents in clean energy, down four from the previous quarter and 11 from the same period a year prior. Japan, the quarterly geographical Clean Energy patent crown winner, led runner up California (86) by 61, up four from the previous quarter and down nine from the second quarter of 2012. Michigan (72) took third place, topping fourth place Korea (51). Michigan had four more patents than the first quarter and added 20 relative to the year before while Korea was up eight and three, respectively.

Germany (39) topped New York and Taiwan, which tied with 35 granted clean energy patents. Germany's total plummeted 33 from the first quarter of this year and 23 versus a year before. New York fell four and 19, respectively, while Taiwan jumped 11 and 20. Texas (27) led Massachusetts by five granted clean energy patents and Colorado by 11. Denmark (12), France (10) , Canada (7), Switzerland (7) and China (6) also had granted U.S. clean energy patents in the second quarter of 2013.

More detailed information regarding the CEPGI, including an analysis of each of the technology sectors and geographic breakdowns, is available at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. 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. Email inquiries to