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GM Leads in Clean Energy Patents

But competition is fierce.

by on Apr.18, 2011

Researcher Vikrant Gokhale in the midst of advanced development work.

General Motors has received more clean-energy patents in the past year than any other organization, according to a new study.

New data from the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents released Friday indicated GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14% of the total 1,881 received by 700 organizations around the United States, which isn’t too bad for a “clueless, lumbering giant,” as some have dubbed the maker.

“U.S. clean-energy patents were at an all-time high in 2010,” said Victor Cardona, co-chairman of the Cleantech Group, at the Albany, N.Y., law firm of Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, which specializes in intellectual property and publishes the Index.

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“GM has clearly put forth a lot of effort in a range of clean-energy technologies, resulting in its appearance at the top of the list for the first time,” he said.

GM’s patents covered hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cells and solar energy, and focus on improvements to current and future technologies.

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