Patenting free energy: The BlackLight litigation and the hydrogen economy

Rimmer, Matthew (2011) Patenting free energy: The BlackLight litigation and the hydrogen economy. Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 6(6), pp. 374-380.

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Legal Context

In the wake of the Copenhagen Accord 2009 and the Cancun Agreements 2010, a number of patent offices have introduced fast-track mechanisms to encourage patent applications in relation to clean technologies - such as those pertaining to hydrogen. However, patent offices will be under increasing pressure to ensure that the granted patents satisfy the requisite patent thresholds, as well as to identify and reject cases of fraud, hoaxes, scams, and swindles.

Key Points

This article examines the BlackLight litigation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Patent Office, and considers how patent offices and courts deal with patent applications in respect of clean energy and perpetual motion machines.

Practical Significance

The capacity of patent offices to grant sound and reliable patents is critical to the credibility of the patent system, particularly in the context of the current focus upon promoting clean technologies.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 86850
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group
DOI: 10.1093/jiplp/jpr010
ISSN: 1747-1540
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copright 2011 The Author
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2015 23:44
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 04:38

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