LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE:066570), and its subsidiary LG Innotek Co., Ltd. (KSE:011070), an electronic components manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, was awarded 18 patents under USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program, 2% of the 836 patents issued within the timespan of this report.
LG's 18 patents are all within the Energy Index (3% of the total number issued in the Index). Twelve (12) of LG's patents are in the Lighting category (14% of the total issued in the category) and six (6) are in the Solar category (6% of the total issued in the category). The lighting patents use LED technology (14% of the total number issued) that features Manufacturing (22% of the total number issued). The solar patents are directed toward manufacturing technology.
LG's 18 Green Tech patents lie within the chemical (6 patents) and electrical (12 patents) disciplines. The tables below shows the breakdown of these patents.
|LG Patents Organized by USPC Class||Patents Granted|
LG Chemical Domain Patents
|136: Batteries: Thermoelectric and photoelectric||2|
|438: Semiconductor device manufacturing: Process||2|
|216: Etching a substrate: Processes||1|
|427: Coating processes||1|
LG Innotek Electrical Domain Patents
|257: Active solid-state devices (e.g., transistors, solid-state diodes)||5|
|313: Electric lamp and discharge devices||1|
|349: Liquid crystal cells, elements and systems||1|
iGo, Inc. (NASDAQ:IGOI), a supplier of accessories for mobile electronic devices headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, was awarded 10 patents under USPTO's Green Technology Pilot Program, 1% of the 836 patents issued thus far. iGo, Inc.'s patents are all within the patentECO™ Energy Index (representing 2% of total issued in the Index). These patents are all within the Efficiency category (10 patents; 17% of the total number issued). The patents are all Electronics & Appliances technology (53% of the total number issued in the technology).
The Classification View iGo's Patents
iGo's 10 Green Tech patents lie within the electrical discipline; their breakdown is shown in the table below.
|iGo's Patents Organized by USPC Class||Patents Granted|
iGo Electrical Domain Patents
|307: Electrical transmission or interconnection systems||6|
|713: Electrical computers and digital processing systems: Support||4|
SustainX, Inc. is a global provider of grid-scale energy storage solutions based in Seabrook, NH. The company’s nine (9) Green Tech Pilot Program patents represent one percent (1%) of all the patents issued by the program. SustainX's patents are all in the patentECO™ Energy Index and constitute slightly less than two percent of the energy grants. Seven (7) of the patents are in the Storage category (20% of the patents in the category), two (2) are in the Renewable Energy category (18% of the patents in the category). SustainX's energy storage patents are all compressed gas energy storage technology, representing 58 percent of the patents awarded in that technology.
The Patent Classification View of SustainX's Patents
SustainX's nine patents are all within the electrical discipline, and also are found within USPC Class 60, Power plants.
Genomatica, Inc. provides manufacturing processes that enable our partners to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from renewable feedstocks; these processes are fermentation-based using engineered microorganisms. The company, headquartered in San Diego, CA, was awarded eight (8) patents under the USPTO program, or one (1) percent of the total number issued. Genomatica’s eight patent grants are all within the Industry Index, representing about eight percent of the industry patents. Its patents are all within the Bioengineering category (19% of the patents issued in the category), and all use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as the basic technology (24% of the GMO patent grants). Discrimination among Genomatica’s inventions is found at the feature level, where five (5) provide a replacement for petroleum-based products (20% of the patents granted with that feature), two (2) are innovations related to resource utilization (100% of patents with that feature), and one (1) provides for ethanol production (50% of those patents).
The Classification View of Genomatica's Patents
Genomatica's eight patents are all within the chemical discipline, and are broken down in the following table:
|Genomatica Chemical Domain Patents||Patents Granted|
|435: Chemistry: Molecular biology and microbiology||7|
|560: Organic compounds -- part of the class 532-570 series||1|
International Business Machines Corporation
IBM (NYSE:IBM), headquartered in Armonk, NY, is a global hardware, software, business consulting and IT services integrator. The company received eight (8) patents from the USPTO program, or one percent (1%) of the total patent grants. IBM's patents were distributed in two patentECO™ Indexes: Energy (7 patents representing 1% of the grants in the index) and Industry (1 patent, representing 1% of the industry grants). The company’s energy inventions are in two categories. IBM's solar-related inventions received five (5) patents (5% of the solar energy patents); photovoltaics received two (2) patents (100% of the photovoltaic category awards).
The Classification View of IBM's Patents
IBM's patents are in the chemical (7 patents) and electrical (1 patents) disciplines and are summarized in the following tables.
|IBM's Patents Organized by USPC Class||Patents Granted|
|IBM Chemical Domain Patents|
|136: Batteries: Thermoelectric and photoelectric||4|
|438: Semiconductor device manufacturing: Process||2|
|117: Single-crystal, oriented-crystal, and epitaxy growth processes; non-coating apparatus therefor||1|
|IBM Electrical Domain Patents|
|257: Active solid-state devices (e.g., transistors, solid-state diodes)||1|