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Woodcock Washburn Releases Cleantech Patent Forecast
Philadelphia – Woodcock Washburn is proud to announce the availability of the 2009 Cleantech Patent
Forecast, a research document in which members of the Firm’s Cleantech group predict future patent activity of
corporate industry leaders in five sectors of clean technology – wind, solar, biofuels, hybrid-electric, and fuel
cell – through an analysis of historical and current intellectual property trends. The Forecast can be viewed or
downloaded from the Firm’s Cleantech Web portal: http://www.woodcock.com/industries/clean/default.aspx
“In 2008, Cleantech investment deals were estimated at more than $8 billion. As a result, these industries are on
a fast-track for developing innovative technologies to change the way we live. Unlike other patent reports that
just provide current data, the focus of this Forecast is to survey the Cleantech landscape over the next three
years to predict not only the volume of patents to be issued in each sector, but also to identify those companies
building the strongest patent portfolio in each sector,” said David R. Bailey, co-chair of the Firm’s Cleantech
Group and a patent attorney with Woodcock Washburn.
The Forecast predicts the patent landscape with a proprietary algorithm. “To account for changing market
forces and new technologies, we designed the Forecast to be flexible in order to incorporate these changing real-
world conditions in our projections,” said Bailey.
Key projections in the 2009 Cleantech Patent Forecast include:
• The number of patents granted will more than double between 2009 and 2012.
• Despite the current economic conditions, the steady rate of growth is likely sustainable in the patent
portfolios of wind energy companies.
• The solar energy market is set for a precipitous rise in the number of issued U.S. patents over the next
several years, and reflects a market that is planning to come of age in the near future.
• The number of patents to be issued in the U.S. is expected to take off from about 360 patents in 2008 to
well over 900 patents in 2012.
• With the expected growth in this industry, there will be new dominant players.
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• Based on the number of patents projected to be issued from 2009 through 2012, the biofuels sector
seems to be entering a significant growth phase.
• Overall, the hybrid-electric market is exhibiting strong growth and has yet to fully mature.
• The number of patents is expected to essentially double from 2008 to 2012.
• The future for the fuel cell patent sector can be characterized as being split between the major
automotive manufacturers and major Japanese manufacturers concerned with developing DMFCs (direct
methanol fuel cells).
• The fuel cell market is a relatively mature one that is expected to show moderate growth (on the order of
15- 20%) through 2012.
About Woodcock Washburn LLP
Woodcock Washburn LLP, with offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Seattle, has specialized in intellectual
property law since 1946. Rated as one of the top IP law firms in the United States by IP Law & Business, the
Firm was also named the top intellectual property firm in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA. The Firms’ lawyers
and scientific advisors provide national and international clients a full range of services that include litigation,
patent procurement, IP strategies, trademarks & copyrights, licensing, and standards & open source software
across a wide range of industries and technologies. For more information: www.woodcock.com.
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