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Progress in the energy sector relies on innovation and intellectual property rights

IP in the energy sector

Our modern world relies on the continuous generation and distribution of energy. Maintaining a sustainable future-proof supply of energy is one of the biggest global challenges that we face. We have already begun to respond to this challenge by developing solutions to improve the reliability, efficiency and safety of the production and supply of energy and mitigate the negative effects of the environment on the sector.

These innovations have disrupted the energy sector as our reliance on traditional fossil fuel has decreased and more of our energy is generated by low carbon sources. However, to meet the UK government’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, the energy sector as a whole will have to adapt and innovate. As companies work to find solutions to these challenges, intellectual property will be important in protecting valuable innovations.

Our expertise

At Wilson Gunn, our patent attorneys have experience working with university researchers, traditional fossil fuel companies, renewable energy companies and their supply chains. We have sought patent protection relating to a range of different technologies including:

  • fuel extraction – underground coal gasification; thermal enhanced oil recovery; drill heads
  • fuel distribution – construction of oil and gas pipelines; subsea connectors; sensors and equipment for monitoring oil and gas pipelines
  • energy distribution – electricity network control and monitoring; electrical fault detection; electrical switchgear; smart metering; and intelligent electrical sockets
  • energy generation – boilers; renewables; photovoltaics; hybrid energy converters; and wave energy converters

We have expertise in accelerated examination and grant of energy patents under the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) “Green Channel” scheme.

We are also able to advise companies in the sector on other intellectual property issues including trade marks, designs and licensing.

For more information about how we can help you, please get in touch to speak to a member of our energy team.

Our energy team

Wilson Gunn