Clean Tech & Renewables

The development of alternative energy sources has become an extremely important worldwide focus. While the drive to innovate in the field of alternative energy originally stemmed from desires to reduce a dependency on oil, many technologies are also being developed in order to reduce negative environmental impacts. Regardless of the motivation, alternative energy technologies have become increasingly valuable, and acquiring protection for your alternative energy innovations is of the utmost importance. Maier & Maier PLLC will counsel you on all issues regarding the protection of your alternative energy innovations.

Global Presence

The USPTO has long recognized the importance of alternative energy and green technologies, even allowing expedited prosecution for certain innovations in the field. Further, these technologies are valuable and patentable worldwide. Notably, Japan was one of the many countries to enter the field of alternative energy early, and the Japanese Patent Office has seen strong patenting activity relating to solar power and to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Similarly, the European Patent Office has received a large number of applications for wind and solar energy patent applications in recent years.

Maier & Maier PLLC has extensive experience drafting, filing, licensing and protecting both international and domestic patents and will supply counsel on a full range of IP issues regarding your alternative energy patents. It is important to protect your alternative energy technologies in both developed and developing countries. In fact, many alternative technologies may possess more value in developing countries than they do in developed countries, whether in the public or private sector.

Fields of Technology

Maier & Maier PLLC works with a broad range of alternative energy technologies, including: natural energy technologies (including solar, wind, water, and raw material energy), nuclear and electric technologies, manufacturing technologies, smart grid technologies, and other transportation technologies. It is essential to protect these technologies as they become more and more valuable in a world with an ever increasing need for alternative energy technologies. Exemplary technologies include:

  • Agricultural technologies, such as bio-based materials, farm efficiency methods and technologies, and new pesticides.
  • Natural energy technologies, such as advancements in geothermal technologies, hydrogen technologies, solar technologies, oil and hybrid technologies, as well as nuclear and electric technologies including microturbine technologies, photovoltaic technologies, and ultracpacitor technologies.
  • Manufacturing technologies, such as advancements in packaging, emissions, sensors, carbon trading and sequestration, and smart construction
  • Transportation and Smart Grid technologies, such as advancements in energy storage, smart meters, infrastructure, batteries, electropropulsion, fuel cells, stirling engines and superconduction.