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U.S. Patent Office Streamlines IP Protection For Renewable Energy

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has made it easier for green inventors to protect their intellectual property. On Friday the government agency announced that it had changed the application process for its Green Technology Pilot program in a bid to boost the number of green technologies filing for IP protection.

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DOE The New VC, Steps in with $157M in Early Stage Investments

The Department of Energy released the names of the first beneficiaries — 37 in all — of its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), funding program. The recipients, a mixture of startups and university research labs, are all developing cleantech technologies set to meet the DOE’s broad mandate in the Obama age: Cut carbon emissions, improve…

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French oil giant Total invests in butanol maker Gevo in fourth financing round

Total, the French oil supermajor, has invested an undisclosed amount in start-up biofuel maker Gevo, as part of a fourth financing round. Total is joining Gevo’s current investor pool, which include Khosla Ventures, Virgin Green Fund, Burill & Co., and Malaysian Life Sciences Capital. Englewood, Colo.,-based Gevo produces butanol, a second-generation biofuel that backers say…

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