Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Patent Disputes Between China-South Korea-India versus the US Jeopardises Cleaner Coal Technology

Kathleen Kilanowski, an attorney focusing on IP among other things, for Dallas and New York based Scott & Scott, a law and technology services firm, wrote about international patent disputes that halt progress in FutureGen's coal power plant technology. FutureGen Industrial Alliance is a public-private partnership to design, build, and operate the world's first coal-fueled, near-zero emissions power plant, at an estimated net project cost of US $1.5 billion.

"China, South Korea, and India are keen on putting the patent to the technologies, software, and related know-how in public domain. The United States, however, is aiming to unilaterally take ownership. Businesses operating internationally should stay informed about the progress in this dispute, which may have implications for future international patent issues."

The parties seem to have started a kind of mumbletypeg with patents. Not a pretty sight, because this technology is crucial for everybody. Read Ms Kilanowski's article here.

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