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.

Rand Brenner is an IP professional whose passion is helping inventors, startups, and businesses of all sizes use licensing to turn their IP into income-producing products, services, and technologies. His decades of experience run the gamut from medical devices to food technology to consumer products. He’s licensed some of the biggest Hollywood entertainment blockbusters including the Batman Movies (1 and 2), and the number one kid’s action TV show, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Rand speaks about licensing and is a featured speaker at investment conferences, trade shows, colleges and startup events.  He’s a published writer with articles appearing in several prestigious trade magazine including The Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property Magazine, and License India. Rand also mentors at the Cal State Fullerton School of Business and Economics and is a judge for their startup business plan competitions.

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