Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Nissan LEAF sold out by Justin Blows
May 26, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, the first year of production of Nissan’s new electric car Leaf has been sold out.

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USPTO green technology expedited examination opens up by Justin Blows
May 25, 2010, 8:06 am
Filed under: Feature

The USPTO’s green technology pilot program, in which the examination of ‘green technologies’ is expedited, has now been made available to more applications. Previously, an invention had to fit within one or more prescribed formal classes of invention. This is no longer the case.

The announcement is here.

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No sales of Mitsubishi US wind turbines as GE squeezes on patent front by Justin Blows
May 21, 2010, 9:04 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, Mitsubishi is claiming that GE is not playing fair in the US wind turbine market, and has filed an antitrust case against GE. Mitsubishi alleges that customers have been unnecessarily scared off by GE’s allegations of patent infringement by Mitsubishi’s products.

Mitsubishi is quoted as saying:
“Since GE’s litigation campaign began [Mitsubishi’s American unit] has not sold a single variable-speed turbine in the US,” the Japanese group said.

What ever you think, it goes to show how powerful a well thought out patent strategy can be, in this case to GE’s benefit.

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Greentech Awards by Griffith Hack
May 19, 2010, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Articles

See this link for details on the Consensus Greentech Awards 2010. Nominations are now open from May through to August.  These awards exist to reward excellence in Australian and New Zealand Green Technology and to grow and strengthen Australia’s and New Zealand’s contribution to sustainability in society.

Griffith Hack CleanTech Seminar by Griffith Hack
May 19, 2010, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Feature

Griffith Hack’s Clean & Sustainable Technologies Group are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to a seminar not to be missed!

Making a Measurable (and profitable) Difference in the Sustainability Sector

With guest speaker Jo Hume, Investment Analyst, CVC Sustainable Investments.

Friday 28 May 2010

Please Click Here for the attached invitation with more information.

This seminar will be live from the Griffith Hack Sydney Office and will be viewed via videoconference in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

RSVP: to | 02 9925 5962

(Please specify which city you’ll be attending in)

Victoria funds cleantech projects by Justin Blows
May 19, 2010, 8:31 am
Filed under: Feature

The Victorian Government has announced funding totaling $12 million for seven sustainable science projects under the Science Agenda Investment Fund.
Projects that will receive the sustainability grants are:

  • Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM) Limited – bushfire shelter project ($400,000);
  • Polymers CRC Pty Ltd – environment friendly systems for suppressing evaporation in water storages ($1.5 million);
  • Swinburne University – Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility for nanoplasmonic solar technology ($3 million);
  • Monash University – Harvesting water in cities as water supply catchments ($3 million)
  • Halcrow Pacific Pty Ltd – Development of low carbon emission fibre reinforced geopolymer concrete ($300,000);
  • Melbourne University – Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management for pollution detection and monitoring of inland waters ($2.98 million); and
  • RMAX – Biodegradable replacement for expanded polystyrene foam products ($800,000).

More information about the Victorian Science Agenda is at

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Intellectual Ventures builds mega green patent portfolio by Justin Blows
May 18, 2010, 8:54 am
Filed under: Feature

Here is an interesting piece on Intellectual Ventures (IV), a company that

 … has turned that trickle of ideas into a torrent by acquiring patents. The concept is simple: Intellectual Ventures buys technology patents (30,000 and counting), gathers them into a critical mass then sells or licenses the intellectual property

Apparently, IV is focusing on ‘green power’ and other friendly technologies.

IV has a Sydney office, which is collaborating with inventors from Australia and New Zealand.  They can be contacted by email:

It is a compelling model. I wonder if others have thought about pooling their patents together to form mega portfolios, that would provide very strong commercial advantage.

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