07 Jun '11, 8pm

DOE Offers Cheap Patents for Energy Startups

DOE Offers Cheap Patents for Energy Startups

Newsbrief from Environmental Building News DOE Offers Cheap Patents for Energy Startups By Paula Melton Steven Chu, the U.S. energy secretary, recently announced that entrepreneurs can purchase unlicensed government patents for just $1,000 through December 15, 2011. The program aims to spur energy innovations and create green jobs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is selling unlicensed patents for just $1,000 (normally they are $10,000–$50,000) through December 15, 2011 as part of its “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” program. More than 15,000 unlicensed patents from 17 National Laboratories are available for entrepreneurs to commercialize, including an energy-efficient laboratory fume hood, a system to transport stored solar energy over long distances, and an alternating current photovoltaic building block. A complete database of available patents can be searched a...

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