The quintessential symbol of an idea is the incandescent light bulb. The incandescent light bulb was a truly disruptive and transformative invention that has been used by billions of people worldwide. The USPTO Green Tech Pilot Program issued a significant number of lighting-related patents. Today we look at representative inventions by one of the dominant assignees in the USPTO Green Technology pilot program — LG Innotek.
Way Better Patents has been watching a number of USPTO policy and science and technology initiatives with an eye toward understanding the impact of these programs on innovation, economic development and where patents fit into the equation. As the innovation economy explodes, understanding which policies work and which do not is an important element in maintaining US global leadership in innovation.
Today we will begin a series of posts on some of the inventors, companies, and patents in the USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program with an updated version of a post on Better Place's battery swapping technology and Tesla's recent announcement that it would adopt this approach to address one of the major drawbacks of electric vehicles — the time it takes to recharge the batteries in electric vehicles. This patent story has lots of interesting twists and turns where innovations and business models intersect and how patented innovatons make their way (we hope) into the marketplace.
Way Better Patents was asked to give our elevator speech on what are a few important questions on the innovation economy and patents. Here are four important questions and our answers. The Link-O-Matic with the article provides some deep dive background info.
Way Better Patents supports the DATA Act and encouraging development of broad-based standardized, structured, and assessable data from the Federal Government. Open data advocates built a new agenda to push for more open and transparent data policies. Here is our four point list of why open data is important in the patentsphere.