Clean Technology touches upon nearly all areas of science and industry—making it a natural for the diverse skills and deep experience of our Cleantech Group.
Internationally recognized leaders in IP across the spectrum of clean technologies, the group works closely with clients both domestically and worldwide, providing them with a full range of IP law services including patent and trademark prosecution, counseling and negotiation regarding licensing and strategic alliances, representation during IP due diligence, and all aspects of enforcement litigation.
Our clients are active in nearly all areas of clean technology, including solar and wind power, renewable energy, desalination and other water technologies, waste mitigation and treatment, bioenergy, clean transportation, and green building and construction.
Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of clean technologies and their vast array of applications, our Cleantech Group has expertise in a wide range of technical fields. In addition, we also bring our experience, insight and professional relationships to bear for our clients, helping them more effectively identify, develop and commercialize emerging “green” technologies.
Our attorneys have experience in all areas of Clean Technology, including:
Drinking Water Treatment
Bioenergy & Biofuels
Energy Efficient Technologies
Green Building & Construction
Remediation & Bioremediation
Waste Mitigation & Treatment
ACCIONA Solar Power
DXV Water Technologies
Regents of the University of California
Solar Energy Production Corporation (SEPCOR)
WaterHealth International, Inc. (Dr. Ashok Gadgil’s UV WaterWorks™)
UV Waterworks™ Device
Dr. Ashok Gadgil, an inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is recognized for his UV Waterworks™ water disinfection device that has made drinking water safe for over 100 million people across four continents. Knobbe Martens partner Adeel Akhtar worked with Dr. Gadgil to secure the patent for his ground breaking water purification device.
The patent examination process for Dr. Gadgil’s UV Waterworks device presented many challenges, and was at first denied patentability. Unfazed by the Patent Office’s initial finding, Akhtar responded to the rejections to persuade the Patent Office to grant a patent for Dr. Gadgil’s invention. In a further reexamination proceeding, Akhtar encouraged Dr. Gadgil to accompany him to the Patent Office in Washington D.C. to explain, in-person, the far reaching potential of his revolutionary invention and to argue for its patentability. Dr. Gadgil’s sincerity and unwavering belief in the life changing capabilities of his invention, in conjunction with Akhtar’s skillful defense of the simple ingenuity of the water disinfection device, eventually swayed the examiner to confirm patentability for the inventions embodied in the UV Waterworks™ device.
Kruse Technology Partnership v. Cummins, Inc.
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement.
Kruse Technology Partnership v. General Motors and Kruse Technology Partnership v. DMAX
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement after formal mediation.
Kruse Technology Partnership v. Isuzu
Represented plaintiff in patent infringement litigation; negotiated settlement of patent infringement litigation via formal mediation.
Kruse Technology Partnership v. Caterpillar, CV 04-10435 PA
Represented plaintiff in patent litigation over diesel engine combustion technology, defeated Caterpillar’s summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity, negotiated settlement before trial (December 2008).