Clean Tech and Green Patents 4/10


Thursday April 10 | 2014 | 6:00p – 8:00p 

Join us for networking and an engaging conversation at the World Resources SimCenter to learn about the role of patents in green tech innovation.

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, will provide historical background and perspective on the critical role of patents as both essential components, and revealing indicators, of green tech innovation.  He will share practical information on green patenting strategies and green patent policies and initiatives for green tech innovators, and also touch on trademark issues and provide strategies for protecting green brands.  Questions we will ask and answer are:  have branding terms such as “green” and “eco” become generic and unprotectable?  in branding clean tech, is blue the new green?

At this briefing, we’ll give you an overview of the Cleantech Open.  You will learn about our 2014  Business Accelerator and how to accelerate your cleantech startup with expert training, national visibility, and investor engagement and up to $200,000 in cash and services awarded. In addition to great networking, the event will include information about how you can get involved as a Cleantech Open volunteer, mentor, judge, investor and more.

A San Diego local alumni company Syncromatics will be on hand to talk about their experience participating in the Cleantech Open.

Keynote Speaker Bio

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in San Diego, California. With both a life sciences degree and recognized expertise in green technology, Eric has a deep understanding of a range of technologies including renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software. Eric brings to his practice more than a decade of experience handling a wide range of complex IP issues at major law firms.

Eric is the founder and author of Green Patent Blog, an award-winning website dedicated to discussion and analysis of intellectual property issues in clean technology. His book, Clean Tech Intellectual Property: Eco-Marks, Green Patents, and Green Innovation, published by Oxford University Press, is one of the first comprehensive resources on issues at the intersection of IP and green technologies.

Eric has published articles on a wide range of legal subjects in such publications as the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law, the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, the Duke Law & Technology Review, New York Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter and Mealey’s (Lexis-Nexis) Litigation Report on Intellectual Property, IPLaw360, New Matter, and the San Diego Daily Transcript.


World Resources SimCenter

1088 Third Ave

San Diego, CA


Preliminary Program Agenda

6:00 pm – Registration

6:10 pm – Welcome and Opening

6:20 pm – Keynote Speaker

6:45 pm – Cleantech Open Accelerator Program Overview

6:55 pm – Cleantech Open Alumni + Q&A

7:25 pm – Chat with keynote, CTO Alumni + Q&A

8:00 pm – Close



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