Volume 89 Issue 42 | p. 12 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 17, 2011

DOE Demands Solar Patents

Intellectual Property: Bankrupt solar firm developed its manufacturing technology with government grant
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: bankruptcy, patents, Bayh-Doyle, solar, solar wafer, intellectual property

The Department of Energy is claiming ownership of three patents awarded to Evergreen Solar and plans to prevent them from being sold to non-U.S. firms. According to DOE, the technology was developed from 2002 to 2005 with funding from the agency.

When Evergreen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, it said it would sell its assets at auction, including intellectual property related to its solar wafer manufacturing technology. Evergreen’s wafers are . . .

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