By Rodger Sadler, partner and Chi Cheung, associate, at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York and David Pamenter, a partner and cleantech practice coordinator at Gowling Lafleur Henderson in Toronto.
The catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico underscores the urgency of reducing our energy dependence on burning fossil fuels and slowing the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
While U.S. politicians are still deadlocked in debating whether and how to confront this challenge, our neighbors to the north in Ontario, Canada, have already passed comprehensive legislation aimed at transforming how energy is generated, transmitted and used. Continue reading Establishing A North American Clean Energy Beachhead
By Rodger Sadler, partner and Chi Cheung, associate, at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York.
The U.S. Supreme Court?s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos is good news for clean energy innovators. The Bilski ruling ensures that the door to patenting business method inventions remains open, ending months of speculation that the Court might find such inventions categorically unpatentable. It helps ensure that our patent protection system stays robust, and this will spur innovation and attract the investment capital needed for research, development, and commercialization of clean energy technologies. Continue reading Supreme Court Patent Ruling is Good News For Cleantech Business Models
Earlier this afternoon, we spoke with two intellectual property lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe on the risk of IP piracy in China, something we’ve written a lot about recently (see here or here). The San Francisco-based law firm just issued a report urging for greater technology sharing between Chinese and foreign clean energy companies.
With China set to invest up to$234 billion in clean energy solutions over the next two years, a lot of foreign companies are eager to enter the market. Some companies, as Massachusetts’ Evergreen Solar recently did, are also relocating manufacturing there in a bid to cut production costs. But an ongoing concern that is specific to China for a number of these companies is the issue of IP piracy.
Orrick’s Rodger Sadler, a partner, and associate Chi Cheung, both New York-based, shared with us some key best-practice steps companies can take to protect their IP capital. Continue reading China: Best Practice to Protect a Cleantech IP Portfolio