The advanced materials and green technology team at Brooks Kushman is focused on investigating and sharing the latest news and evolving developments in the materials science and “green” spaces, as well as contemplating the related intellectual property implications that may impact these industries.

Content for this blog is regularly updated by: Tiffany Fidler Ph.D., Isheeta Patel, Alena Marconi

Recent Blog Posts

  • “Unsinkable Metal” Has a Number of Practical Industrial Applications
    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    Scientific breakthroughs are not often marked by one defining moment. Rather, a “breakthrough” typically comes at the end of a long, sequential process of experimentation, discovery, and refinement that builds upon itself. Bit by bit, scientists make incremental progress on solving a problem, and the results only look like a sudden breakthrough in the moment. […]

  • Marine-Friendly Materials Gaining Traction as Plastic Ocean Pollution Controversy Washes Ashore
    Monday, December 2, 2019

    On the remote Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean, researchers recently made a stunning discovery. Despite the fact that the islands are marketed as “Australia’s last unspoilt paradise,” a study in the journal Scientific Reports explained that more than 414 million pieces of plastic—including almost 1 million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes—were washed up on the […]

  • Advanced Materials are Driving Innovation in the Automotive Industry
    Monday, November 25, 2019

    Given increasingly stringent legal and regulatory demands on fuel economy, emission control, and vehicle safety, automakers have responded by building lighter, more efficient, and more technologically-sophisticated vehicles over the last few decades. To accomplish this feat, automakers have focused on incorporating more advanced materials, such as high strength steels, lightweight plastics, and non-ferrous alloys into their products.

  • Carbon Capture Technology is Critical to the Future of Coal—and Presents a Massive Opportunity for IP Innovation
    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    For the first time in United States history, clean energy sources provided more of the nation’s electricity needs than coal. 23% of the electricity generated in the U.S. in April came from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal power, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The shift toward renewable […]

  • Business, Legislative, and Intellectual Property Developments Position Hemp as a Viable Advanced Material

    It seems hard to believe that it’s only been five years since Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Since that time, a veritable tidal wave of change has swept across the country, with most states moving to legalize medical and, in some cases, recreational use of marijuana. […]