Report: Patents On Water Technology On The Rise 20/12/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch 2 Comments Print This Post A new private-sector report shows that after a downturn, patents on a range of technologies for water are back on the rise as companies are busy innovating around a basic human need and resource. The summary of the 2013 patent landscape report (covering 2010-2012) from law firm Foley & Lardner is available here [pdf] or here. The report broke down the search by technology types, including: purification, desalination, metering, irrigation, and groundwater. It also looked at different types of uses, such housing, pond or pool filtration, and aspects of water treatment. In general, the search found a decline from 2009 to 2010, but then saw a bounce-back, with variation, potentially attributable to the 2007 economic downturn. In 2012, there were 557 water technology patents granted in the US. Related Articles: WIPO To Discuss Role Of Patents In Access To Water Report Explains Rapid Rise In Chinese Patents; Compares Innovation Quotient OECD Report Shows Rise Of Internet Services "Report: Patents On Water Technology On The Rise" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.