Global Warming Concern Spurs More Green Patents

Law360, New York (June 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The number of green energy patents in the United States continues to climb as companies look to capitalize on the public's growing concern over climate change.

Stuart Soffer, a consultant with IPriori Inc., which offers expert services in intellectual property, said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 1,068 green energy patents in 2007, up from 424 in 1998.

“Between those two dates, they've been increasing essentially every year,” Soffer said.

He added that the biggest increase occurred in patents that refer to global warming, along...
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