Patenting Green Technologies

Crafting Patent Claims for Clean Energy Innovations

USPTO announces pilot program to accelerate examination of green tech patent applications

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Course Materials

This CLE course will discuss developing patent applications for environmental technology claims to meet patentability requirements and will outline best practices for enforcing IP rights.


Green technology patents are surging — from energy-saving devices and alternative energy production to emissions-reduction trading methods. Companies and counsel must carefully craft patent applications to secure rights to green inventions.

While environmental innovations may have no difficulty meeting eligibility and utility requirements for patentability, many inventions encounter hurdles in meeting the novelty and non-obviousness requirements. Counsel can proactively plan to overcome these challenges.

With companies vying to be first with green products, companies and counsel should also accelerate prosecution of green inventions in order to speed up issuance of a patent. Counsel must have a thorough understanding of the process and how to direct claims.

Listen as our panel of patent attorneys examines key issues in writing a patent related to green technology, discusses how to overcome obstacles in meeting novelty and non-obviousness requirements, and offers strategies to accelerate prosecution and to enforce IP rights.



  1. Writing a patent and claiming to be green
    A. Issues to consider
    B. Invention design to meet and/or define regulations
    C. Patents relating to new materials and repurposed materials
    D. Improved energy efficiency
  2. Accelerating prosecution of green inventions
    A. Petition to Make Special
    B. Peer to patent review
  3. Enforcement strategies
    A. Licensing
    B. Policing patent
    C. Litigation


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What subject matter should be protected by a patent application for sustainable technology inventions?
  • What steps can companies and counsel take to expedite the application process?
  • What are the key strategies for companies and counsel seeking to protect green innovations?


Dr. Michael R. Ward
Dr. Michael R. Ward

Morrison & Foerster

His patent practice covers various technologies and aspects of patent law related to small molecules, protein...  |  Read More

Paul Davis
Paul Davis

Goodwin Procter

He has a strong patent background in the medical device, electrical engineering, photonics, networking, e-commerce and...  |  Read More

Victor A. Cardona
Victor A. Cardona

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti

He is experienced in enforcing and procuring protection for patents, trademarks and copyrights. He co-chairs the firm's...  |  Read More

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