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FourBridge Tech is highly focused on Knowledge oriented services such as Intellectual Property Rights ...

FourBridge Tech is highly focused on Knowledge oriented services such as Intellectual Property Rights
(IPR). The company provides a range of high-end research services, which are targeted towards global
clients in North America, Europe and APAC.

Service Offerings:Intellectual Property Rights (IP Search, Report Generation, Patent Alerts, and Competitive Intelligence Studies)

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    • PATENT SEARCH |PATENT ALERTS | PATENT FILING |PATENT ANALYSIS Algal Biofuels A Patent landscape report This patent landscape report attempts to provide an insight into patent filing trends, key patent owners, key inventors, and technology trends in the algal biofuel space www.fourbridgetech.com 2/11/2010
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction ........................................................................................................... 2 Summary................................................................................................................ 3 Patent distribution- worldwide* ............................................................................ 4 Patent filings –Worldwide ...................................................................................... 5 Patent filings – US applications .............................................................................. 6 Patent filings – PCT applications ............................................................................ 7 Patents publication – US grants ............................................................................. 8 Top assignees – US AND PCT .................................................................................. 9 Top inventors – US AND PCT ................................................................................ 10 Key technologies- PROMINENT IPC (US and PCT) ................................................. 12 Top Assignees-Patent distribution ....................................................................... 13 Top assignees – Number of patents/applications (US and PCT) vs. Primary IPC ... 14 1
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels INTRODUCTION “Bio-fuels” are liquid or gas fuels that are not derived from petroleum based fossils fuels or which contain a proportion of non fossil fuels. Bio fuels can be broadly classified as 1st generation, 2nd generation, and 3rd generation biofuels. First generation biofuels First generation bio-fuels are the more common fuels that are produced from food crops and animal fats. Some examples include bio-diesel, vegetable oil, and bio-gas. Second generation biofuels Second generation bio-fuels are made from waste biomass, making them a more sustainable solution as compared to their 1st generation counterparts. They include various alcohols (such as ethanol) and diesel derived from wood. Third generation biofuels Third generation bio-fuels are generally made from algae that are farmed on a massive scale. By way of photosynthesis and the breaking down of carbon dioxide, the carbohydrates extracted from these micro-organisms are used to make various fuels. ALGAE BIOFUELS Algae biofuels are alternatives to fossil fuels. These carbon neutral fuels are cheap and easy to use. In a world of rising oil prices and increasing concern over environmental pollution, algae biofuels are gaining a lot of momentum. As part of the photosynthetic process, the absorbed carbon dioxide and sunlight are used to produce sugars and lipids. Excess of these lipids are stored as fat inside the algae cells. This fat can be used to produce vegetable oil, which is further distilled to produce many other forms of fuel. Different species of algae can be used to produce different varieties of oils. Algae can generate 15 times more oil per acre than other plants used for biofuels, such as corn and switch grass. The greatest benefit of algae biofuels over other alternative fuels comes from the fact that they can be used in cars and airplanes without any modifications to the currents design of the machines. 2
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels SUMMARY This Patent landscape report primarily focuses on the patent landscape of algae biofuels providing various insights on the following; • Global filing trends of patents related to algae biofuels • Filing trends of PCT • Filing trends of US applications • Top assignees in Algae biofuels space • Top inventors in Algae biofuels space • Key collaborators and their patents • Technology trends The following patent analysis was done from a patent data set of 618 documents, retrieved from worldwide patent databases using relevant keywords and phrases related to algal biofuels. 3
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels PATENT DISTRIBUTION- WORLDWIDE* Others include GB European and DE Grants and applications applications US Grants and applications *Numbers in the figure indicate the number of patents/applications 4
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels PATENT FILINGS –WORLDWIDE 5
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels PATENT FILINGS – US APPLICATIONS 6
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels PATENT FILINGS – PCT APPLICATIONS 7
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels PATENTS PUBLICATION – US GRANTS 8
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels TOP ASSIGNEES – US AND PCT 9
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels TOP INVENTORS – US AND PCT S. No Inventor name No of Patents 1 SHORT; JAY 16 2 ROBERTSON, DAN 14 3 PETERS, MATTHEW 12 4 WEINER, DAVID 12 5 MEINHOLD, PETER 11 6 CARIN, CHRISTIANNE 10 7 MATHUR; ERIC 10 8 MAYFIELD STEPHEN 10 9 MENDEZ MICHAEL 10 10 O'NEILL BRYAN 10 11 POON YAN 10 12 ARISTIDOU, ARISTOS 8 13 BERZIN, ISAAC 8 14 BUELTER, THOMAS 8 15 DUNLOP, ERIC, H. 8 16 GRUBER; PATRICK R. 8 17 HAWKINS, ANDREW 8 18 HAZELBECK; DAVID A. 8 19 OYLER, JAMES, R. 8 10
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels S. No Inventor name No of Patents 20 RICHARDSON, TOBY 8 21 RIDLEY, CHRISTIAN 8 22 BURKE, ELLEN 7 23 FEDKENHEUER, ALVIN, W. 7 24 FRANKLIN, SCOTT 7 25 GORBELL, BRIAN, N. 7 26 JONASSON, JOHN, S. 7 27 LUGINBUHL, PETER 7 28 O'CONNOR, PAUL 7 29 STAROSUD, ALEXANDER 7 30 BARTON, NELSON, R. 6 11
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels KEY TECHNOLOGIES- PROMINENT IPC (US AND PCT) IPC Definition FERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL C12P COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE C12N MICRO-ORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF C10L FUELS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NATURAL GAS; SYNTHETIC NATURAL GAS C12M APPARATUS FOR ENZYMOLOGY OR MICROBIOLOGY C07C ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS; PRODUCTION OF LIQUID HYDROCARBON MIXTURES, e.g. C10G BY DESTRUCTIVE HYDROGENATION, OLIGOMERISATION, POLYMERISATION C07H SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS C02F REATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE A61K PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES ANIMAL OR VEGETABLE OILS, FATS, FATTY SUBSTANCES OR WAXES; FATTY ACIDS C11C THEREFROM; DETERGENTS; CANDLES HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR A01G SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING 12
    • Sample Patent Landscape report-Algal Biofuels TOP ASSIGNEES-PATENT DISTRIBUTION S. No Assignee US appln US Grants PCT appln Others 1 Verenium Corporation 15 16 13 3 2 GEVO 7 0 8 0 3 Sapphire Energy 3 0 12 1 4 Greenfuel Technologies Corp. 6 0 7 0 5 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. 6 0 5 0 6 Clemson University 4 2 3 0 7 The Scripps Research Institute 2 0 8 0 8 LS9, INC. 0 0 9 0 9 GENIFUEL CORPORATION 5 0 3 0 10 Earthrenew Organics Ltd. 4 2 1 0 13
    • TOP ASSIGNEES – NUMBER OF PATENTS/APPLICATIONS (US AND PCT) VS. PRIMARY IPC # Assignee C12N C10L C12M C12P C07C A01G A01H C02F B01D C10G 1 Verenium Corporation 11 3 3 15 2 GEVO 4 2 1 3 2 1 3 Sapphire Energy 7 3 3 4 Greenfuel Technologies Corp. 5 1 2 1 3 5 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. 1 1 1 2 2 6 Clemson University 2 1 1 7 Scripps Research Institute 6 3 8 LS9, INC. 3 3 1 1 9 GENIFUEL CORPORATION 2 3 1 1 01 Earthrenew Organics Ltd. 14