Intellectual Property Watch

A new private-sector report shows that after a downturn, patents on a range of technologies for water are back on the rise as companies are busy innovating around a basic human need and resource.

The summary of the 2013 patent landscape report (covering 2010-2012) from law firm Foley & Lardner is available here [pdf] or here.

The report broke down the search by technology types, including: purification, desalination, metering, irrigation, and groundwater. It also looked at different types of uses, such housing, pond or pool filtration, and aspects of water treatment.

In general, the search found a decline from 2009 to 2010, but then saw a bounce-back, with variation, potentially attributable to the 2007 economic downturn.

In 2012, there were 557 water technology patents granted in the US.

Mr. Brenner has over 30 years IP management and licensing experience with various industries including consumer products, food, entertainment, software,health technology, medical devices and digital media. He has led international licensing programs as both licensee and licensor, and through consulting projects focused on strategy and management, outbound / inbound licensing initiatives, and IP audits and due diligence.. He has developed and managed deals with Fortune 1000 companies including Universal Studios, Fox Interactive, Sony Pictures, Dow, Cargill, SmithKline Glaxo, Ranir, Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Hasbro, Mattel, and others. He is a public speaker and published writer, and has taught classes at the university level. His speaking events have included UC Irvine, Tritech/SBDC, Irvine Chamber, Fast Start Studios, ICFO Investors Conference, San Diego Investment Conference, Westlaw Legal Center (NYC), National Speakers Association, and the Hong Kong FilmArt Expo. He has written several articles on licensing intellectual property which have appeared in the Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property Magazine, and License India.

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