Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies


Who Holds the power? Lessons from hybrid car innovation for clean technologies by Griffith Hack

Griffith Hack is pleased to announce the launch of the report: ‘Who holds the power? Lessons from hybrid car innovation for clean technologies.’

Australian companies and developers looking to benefit from the upcoming clean technology boom have been warned to think carefully about how they protect their ideas, following analysis of global patents in the rapidly expanding hybrid car market.

The report found that the market leader in hybrid technology has filed so many patents ahead of its rivals, that other major manufacturers are now being forced to use the technology ‘under licence’ or develop very different types of vehicles. This has very real implications for Australian innovators, including companies and researchers hoping to receive funding from the federal government’s $1.3 billion Green Car Innovation Fund.

As the report warns: “Failure to understand how companies compare to their competitors, may lead to wasted investment, infringement and a lack of commercial success.” “Growing concerns about energy security, climate change and pollution are motivating governments everywhere to introduce strong measures that favour innovation in clean technologies, such as hybrid cars,” notes co-author, Dr Justin Blows. “Our report shows that clean technology innovators are massively investing in IP, to ensure they remain competitive as the world moves into a new age of clean technology.”

Report co-author Mike Lloyd adds: “Hybrid car sales were non-existent until Toyota made a commitment to this sector after 1994, at a time when oil prices were low. The company’s initiative and aggressive patent filing strategy have, in turn, forced other motor companies to respond in a variety of ways. There are lessons here for all innovative companies, including those Australian organisations and individuals looking to make their mark on our motoring future.”

For the full report click here.

For further information on the report, please contact:

Mike Lloyd IP Portfolio Management Consultant Clean & Sustainable Technologies Group Griffith Hack
Tel: 03 9243 8315
Email: mike.lloyd@griffithhack.com.au

Dr Justin Blows Patent Attorney Clean & Sustainable Technologies Group Griffith Hack
Tel: 02 9925 5938
Mob: 0425 215 470
Email: justin.blows@griffithhack.com.au

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Australian Solar Innovation: Losing Our Place In The Sun by Griffith Hack

Griffith Hack is pleased to announce the launch of the report ‘Australian solar innovation: losing our place in the sun’.

We may be one of the world’s sunniest places, but analysis of solar energy patents filed during the past five years, highlight that Australia is at risk of missing out on the new gold rush involving clean and sustainable technologies.

Leading economists have already noted that clean energy technology has the potential to create wealth on the same scale as the introduction of the railways, electricity, cars and, more recently, IT.

The report ‘Australian Solar Innovation – Losing Our Place In The Sun’ finds that we are being left behind, in the race to properly protect the ideas that will drive economic benefits into the future.  

“Australia’s weak performance in the utilisation of solar power is at odds with the quality of our innovators,” the report notes. “We have produced the world’s first solar billionaire in Dr Zhengrong Shi  (who founded the Nasdaq-list Suntech), while Dr David Mills, formerly of the University of Sydney, founded the Californian company Ausra which is helping to lead solar innovation in the United States”

For the full report click here.

For further information on the report, please contact Mike Lloyd or Dr Justin Blows.

Mr Mike Lloyd 
IP Portfolio Management Consultant 
Clean & Sustainable Technologies Group 
Griffith Hack
Tel: 03 9243 8315  
Email: mike.lloyd@griffithhack.com.au 

Dr Justin Blows
Patent Attorney
Clean & Sustainable Technologies Group
Griffith Hack
Tel: 02 9925 5938
Mob: 0425 215 470
Email: justin.blows@griffithhack.com.au



Economic drivers for clean & sustainable technologies & the future of carbon capture & storage seminar by Griffith Hack
April 8, 2009, 11:09 am
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Thank you to all that attended this seminar on April 7 2009. Please find the full presentations below for further reference.

Nick Otter, CEO of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, Canberra – “The future of carbon capture and storage”, click here for the full presentation.

Peter Jones, OBE – “The economic drivers for clean and sustainable technologies”, click here for the full presentation.

Justin Blows, Associate, Griffith Hack – “Protecting clean and sustainable technologies: what you need to know”, click here for the full presentation.

John Johnston, Director, Pyksis – “The business of bringing clean and sustainable technologies to the market”, click here for the full presentation.

If you would like to be added to our list for future seminars please email ghmarketing@griffithhack.com.au



Carbon Reduction & Trading Conference & Expo by Griffith Hack

Carbon Reduction & Trading ConferenceThe 2009 Carbon Reduction & Trading Conference & Expo are concurrently being held on 31 March to 2 April at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The conference will see a comprehensive line up of industry leaders, including Griffith Hack’s own Geraldine Farrell who is presenting on a legal panel, “The Legal Challenges of a Low Carbon Economy”.

Geraldine Farrell, Special Counsel, IP Law GroupGeraldine, who is Special Counsel within the Griffith Hack IP Law Group, will join other panelists in disussing why law is fundamental to reducing emissions and why more research is needed on the full range of climate law and policy issues including energy law, regulation of transport and forestry emissions, international climate law and climate litigation.

Geraldine will be presenting on Day 2, 1 April. Registration for the conference is available online.