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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe National Biodiesel Board has hired Scott Fenwick as the new Technical Director. Fenwick is the current Chairman of the BQ9000 Commission and is an officer of the ASTM Committee D02 that presides over the current biodiesel specifications and test methods. As Technical Director Fenwick takes on the day-to-day management responsibilities of running the technical program and expanding NBB’s technical reach to better match the growing industry needs and challenges.
  • Butamax has announced that Judge Sue Robinson granted Butamax’s summary judgment motions for non-infringement of Gevo 8,017,375 (‘375) and 8,017,376 (‘376) patents. This decision, issued last Friday, closely follows the Court’s dismissal of all claims against Butamax relating to Gevo’s ‘808 “GIFT™” patent. In a further ruling, the Court also granted Butamax’s summary judgment motion for invalidity of the ‘375 patent stating that “Butamax has met its clear and convincing burden, sufficient to invalidate the patent for lack of enablement…”.
  • OPIS is holding its 2nd Annual LCFS Workshop on December 12-13, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Attendees will learn such things as how to properly track, value and report carbon credits; how to accurately calculate your CI obligation; and how Cap and Trade will impact your business.
  • Registration is now open the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo being held September 29, 2013 through October 2, 2013. Early birds who register before August 31 pay only $695 as GRC members or $795 if non-members. The non-member registration includes GRC membership through 2014. Students with a current identification card from an accredited institution pay just $5 which includes GRC membership through 2014. Registration to the GRC Annual Meeting also includes entry to the GEA Energy Expo.
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