By: Victor Cardona

Clean Energy Patents hit a record high in 2010, up over 700 patents relative to2009. GM took the yearly Clean Energy Patent Crown from Hondain 2010 while U.S. patent owners hold more U.S. patents than any other country. Also, solar patents passed wind patents in 2010 while fuel cells continued to lead.

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector since 2002 in the U.S., along with Leading Patent Owners and Leading Country and State information. Results through the fourth quarter of 2010 reveal the CEPGI for 2010 to be at its highest level ever at 1181 granted patents, up over 170 percent, as depicted below. This is the largest year to year jump since we began tracking clean energy patents by over three times the previous year to year difference. This compares to a 31 percent increase generally for all patents from 2009 to 2010 – which was the best showing ever for patents generally. Clean energy innovation is clearly far outpacing technology in general.

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