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“Water is life’s mater and matrix,
mother and medium. There is no life
without water.” ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Water is central to life. Its necessity and growing
scarcity are two of the main reasons why water
technology and innovation is a vital industry in the U.S.
and global economy.
Foley’s Water Technology U.S. Patent Landscape
Annual Report (Report) analyzes U.S. patent activity in
water technology sectors to identify the trends in water
innovation. Identifying trends and innovation in water
technology affects multiple industries within the U.S.
economy, including government, business,
environmental, and venture capital.
According to the U.S. EPA, Americans drink more than
one billion glasses of tap water per day. The processes
that occur to make this and other water use possible
on a large scale should not be taken lightly. There are
many underlying factors that threaten the availability of
clean water such as climate change, chemical and
microbial contaminants, infrastructure, and cost
restraints. Federal and local government officials and
agencies devote significant time and funding to
developing technology that will protect our water and
make the processing and production of it more energy
and cost efficient. For these reasons, we look at the
patent activity as one metric of current and future
commercial environment. My colleagues share their
brief perspective on The Business of Water, which
follows this Preface.
For More Information
For more information on or to obtain a copy of the
Report, please contact your Foley attorney or the
Partner, Intellectual Property Department
Foley & Lardner LLP
Mr. Anderson wishes to thank John Lazarus, Matt
Swietlik, and Bruce Wu for their research contributions
to this Report. Mr. Anderson also wishes to
acknowledge the contributions of Laura Buhs, Pam
Torpy, Brandon Barutt, Jason Arnold, and Chester
Gerbensky to this Report.