Earlier this afternoon, we spoke with two intellectual property lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe on the risk of IP piracy in China, something we’ve written a lot about recently (see here or here). The San Francisco-based law firm just issued a report urging for greater technology sharing between Chinese and foreign clean energy companies.
With China set to invest up to$234 billion in clean energy solutions over the next two years, a lot of foreign companies are eager to enter the market. Some companies, as Massachusetts’ Evergreen Solar , are also relocating manufacturing there in a bid to cut production costs. But an ongoing concern that is specific to China for a number of these companies is the issue of IP piracy.
Orrick’s Rodger Sadler, a partner, and associate Chi Cheung, both New York-based, shared with us some key best-practice steps companies can take to protect their IP capital. Read More »