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A Bright Spot for Renewable Energy? Clean Energy Patents at Quarterly High

A Bright Spot for Renewable Energy? Clean Energy Patents at Quarterly High

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI), published quarterly by the Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector from 2002 to the present. Results from the Q1 2012 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 694 granted U.S. patents, the highest quarter since tracking of the CEPGI began and up 154 over the first quarter of 2011. The granting of patents by the United States Patent and Trademark (PTO) is often cited as a measure of the inventive activity and evidence of the effectiveness of research & development investments. Patents are considered to be an indicator of this because to be awarded a patent requires not only the efforts of inventors to develop new and non-obvious innovations but also successful handling by patent counsel to shepherd a patent application through the ...

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