Tag Archives: Licensing

One More Patent Jungle - This Time in Nanotechnology?

I saw this recent article on the “nanotechnology patent jungle.” The article refers to another recent article on the subject of making nanotechnology research “open-source.” Patent jungles are all around us; the concept is not unique to nanotechnology, and it is important to establish what exactly is a jungle (do you need five or a 100 patents … Continue reading this entry

Nanotechnology Patent Filing Explosion Continues on a Record Pace in 2012

We confirm that a nanotechnology patent filing explosion continues at a record pace in 2012 as we enter the final trimester of the year. On July 8, 2012, we reported that the USPTO was on pace to publish a record number of class 977 nanotechnology patent applications (over 4,000). This was also noted in past postings and … Continue reading this entry

Cleantech Energy Patent Landscape Report Released

Foley’s annual Cleantech Energy Patent Landscape Report provides an analysis of the top clean energy technologies patented in the United States to aid industry executives, start-ups, individual inventors, and investors in identifying trends and market opportunities in this continually changing landscape. View the executive summary:  2011 Cleantech Energy Patent Landscape Report Executive Summary  The Report … Continue reading this entry

New Web Page at DOE; Activity with Solar and Powder Atomization Technologies

The DOE is staying active this summer (despite Washington budget quagmires) and now provides us with an upgraded web page.  Several highlights today include: 1)  Major loan guarantee for solar ($967 M) ! 2)  Updates on the SunShot solar program:  $50 M is provided. 3)  Updates on the "America’s Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge:  Ames … Continue reading this entry

Price Break, Less Red Tape Announced by DOE for Licensing Federal Government Patents

The Department of Energy has announced a new initiative, “America’s Top Energy Innovator”.  The gist is an applicant can get a “price break” and less “red tape” in licensing patents from the federal government which are not currently licensed, focusing on start-ups.  The program begins May 2, 2011 and apparently will have a cut-off date of … Continue reading this entry

The Latest Commentary on Bayh-Dole - It Works (Generally)

A new report just issued which, in 129 pages, provides the latest analysis and commentary on university patenting and technology transfer under the Bayh-Dole Act.  The report is generally positive about the Bayh-Dole Act, now about 30 years old, and confirms that most do not want to return to the pre-1980 era. The report did not get … Continue reading this entry

Tech Transfer Debate Brews: Provide More Options for Faculty to License Their Inventions?

A technology transfer debate may be brewing which could impact nanotechnology heavily. First, the Kauffman Foundation set forth the idea that U.S. innovation could be improved by allowing faculty to choose their own licensing agents and not be limited by the university technology licensing office. Then, the Harvard Business Review recently elected this idea as a … Continue reading this entry