SAGE awarded its 250th patent for dynamic glass

Milestone bolsters company’s extensive intellectual property leadership in fast-growth market     SAGE recently received approval for its 250th global patent pertaining to its SageGlass® electrochromic glazing technology, achieving an important milestone and competitive edge in the hot-growth market for dynamic glass.

SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that tints or clears on-demand to modulate light, heat gain and glare.

SAGE’s patent portfolio covers a wide range of product and process technologies for manufacturing dynamic glass, giving SAGE a significant competitive advantage in intellectual property (IP) at a time when industry researchers like Nanomarkets and Pike Research say the market is poised for significant growth trajectory. Architects and building owners worldwide are increasingly using electrochromic technology in buildings as a better way to control the sunlight, save energy and maximize natural light, without blocking the outdoor view.

In fact, hundreds of building projects have already incorporated SageGlass since the company began shipping product 10 years ago. SAGE’s 250th patent is for a new kind of laser device that will enable SageGlass to be repaired in the field without having to remove it from the window, skylight or curtain wall system. This is a unique breakthrough that will make it even easier to maintain high-quality solar control on an ongoing basis.

“Receiving our 250th patent reinforces that SAGE develops the most advanced technologies to produce the most reliable dynamic glass on the market,” said John Van Dine, SAGE CEO and founder. “We have invested decades of research, sweat and resources into ground-breaking electrochromic technology. This milestone advances our mission to improve the way people save energy and experience daylight in buildings.”

Recently, SAGE was also awarded another important patent for its unique thin-film sputter coating process, which will help the company manufacture SageGlass in high volumes and lower costs at its new 320,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn. SAGE has more than 100 additional patents pending to strengthen its market leadership in the years ahead.

About SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.

SAGE Electrochromics is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced dynamic glass that can be tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass controls the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. SageGlass can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary shipping commercial SageGlass, the company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered near Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry.” SAGE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.

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600450 SAGE awarded its 250th patent for dynamic glass
Date: 29 April 2013

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