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Supreme Court Patent Ruling is Good News For Cleantech Business Models

By Rodger Sadler, partner and Chi Cheung, associate, at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court�s recent decision in Bilski v. Kappos is good news for clean energy innovators. The Bilski ruling ensures that the door to patenting business method inventions remains open, ending months of speculation that the Court might…

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The Treasury: clean energy�s new VC

While the size of the stimulus — $787 billion — and its green slant have been widely covered, little has been said about some of the more fundamental structural changes brought on by this package. One, is a provision that will see the federal government directly fund� renewable energy projects via nontaxable, direct cash payments…

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Ausra shrinks big solar plan; to focus on smaller, cheaper projects

When Ausra moved from Sydney to California 12 months ago it had big plans. Backed by leading Silicon Valley financiers and $40 million in fresh financing, the company was going to pepper the hot California desert with very large, utility-scale solar generation power plants. What a difference year makes, hammered by the credit crisis, the…

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