Ontario Cleantech companies are receiving some key ingredients
from various programs to help them grow their technology and
compete on the world stage.
The Government of Ontario recently announced1 that they are
partnering with OCE and investing $99 million into climate change
projects for increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse
gas emissions. About $75 million will be used to incentivize large
industrial plants to use leading-edge technologies and to support
entrepreneurs to develop such technologies. The other $24 million
is part of a Green Smart energy efficiency program to help SMEs
become more energy efficient.
Sustainable Technology Development Canada (STDC) also
announced2 support for Cleantech companies with their SD
Tech fund and SD Natural Gas Fund that are now open for receiving
applications until April 13, 2016. Cleantech companies will be
considered that are focused in several technology areas including
natural resource development, carbon-free power generation and
distribution, remote utility systems and energy efficiency.
The Government of Canada also announced3 that they
are investing $12 million in the Southern Ontario Water Consortium
(SOWC), which is a group of post-secondary institutions that
develops clean and innovative water technologies. The funds will
help SOWC work with 90 businesses and non-profit organizations on
These programs are coming at a time when there has been a surge
in Cleantech IP filings worldwide. There has been a tripling in the
number of Cleantech patent applications and granted
patents4 between 2000 and 2014 and an increase in
filings that was four times5 that of other technologies
during the period of 2006 to 2011.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) also has
programs in place to support Cleantech companies. Applicants who
file a Cleantech patent application with CIPO can request expedited
examination by submitting a Declaration that the patent application
covers technology that will reduce or lessen environmental impacts
or help conserve the environment and natural resources as well as
by paying a required fee of $500 CAD. CIPO also provides a list of
Canadian patents for green technology6 and Canadian
patent applications for green technology7.
A recent Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench decision allowed a court-appointed receiver to sell and transfer intellectual property rights free and clear of encumbrances, finding that a license to use improvements of an invention was a contractual interest and not a property interest.
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