Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The emergence of patent races in lignocellulosic biofuels, 2002–2015
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2582-2647
2017 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 77, no 9, p. 318-326Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How does increasing economic and technological interest in biofuels shape the nature of the intellectual property rights (IPR) in the industry? Is the technological nature of biofuel patents and inventions, as well as the business itself undergoing a transformation? This article provides a patent analysis of lignocellulosic biofuels with U.S. patent publications between 2002 and 2015 in order to shed light on the broader economic and regulatory factors affecting the development of new technologies in the area. Patent applications in the technology have increased about eightfold in this period and count about 130–150 per year currently, and could soon reach 200 annual filings. Specifically, we analyse in what ways the nature of lignocellulosic biofuel technologies is changing, and our results suggest that this business is indeed being transformed by increasing research and development (R&D) and IPR efforts, material in an evident patent race. We document a relatively small, but nascent technology, with some key technology areas increasing between four- and tenfold, over the last decade. Technologically leading countries are the U.S., followed by Germany, Japan, France and the U.K. We argue that intensified global and industry-wide claims for IPR reveal an ongoing patent race with multiple implications for the industry and engineering community. Most importantly, industry's technological interdependence is likely to increase as the likelihood for broad, exclusive patent regimes diminishes, making the industry more likely to explore increasingly collaborative technological solutions when carrying out R&D and investing in new production facilities in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 77, no 9, p. 318-326
Keywords [en]
Biofuels, Lignocellulose, Patent analysis, Patent landscape, Policy, Emerging technology, Business strategy
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
History of Science, Technology and Environment; Industrial Economics and Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-222268DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.03.089Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017580890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-222268DiVA, id: diva2:1180181
Projects
Renewal of Manufacturing (RAID) - Vinnova/Tekes
Funder
VINNOVA, 2014-06082
Note

QC 20180226

Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Novotny, Michael
By organisation
Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics
In the same journal
Renewable & sustainable energy reviews
Economics and Business

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 2 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf