Global Law Firm Nixon Peabody Selects Anaqua’s PATTSY WAVE for IP Management

BOSTON, Dec. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology, today announced that global law firm Nixon Peabody has selected Anaqua’s PATTSY WAVE platform as its new IP management solution.

Nixon Peabody will use the Anaqua platform to manage clients’ IP portfolios, including patent and trademark filing. The firm will also utilize the platform as an automated docketing tool, and will leverage additional Anaqua services related to annuities, patent analytics, and intelligent time capture.

With approximately 600 attorneys collaborating across offices in the U.S. and major European and Asian commercial centers, Nixon Peabody is one of the world’s largest law firms. The firm has a prominent and expanding intellectual property practice.

About Anaqua

Anaqua, Inc. is a premium provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX and PATTSY WAVE, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For additional information, please visit, or on Anaqua’s LinkedIn.

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Hitachi Energy and Linxon support National Grid in achieving sustainability targets through pioneering 420 kV SF6-free gas-insulated switchgear technology

Strengthening key power infrastructure in London while reducing carbon footprint

Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy and Linxon are collaborating to strengthen London Power Tunnels (LPT), a key power infrastructure project that will ensure reliable, clean electricity supply for England’s capital city. To support National Grid in accelerating its net zero targets, Hitachi Energy will deliver EconiQ™ 420-kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and gas-insulated lines (GIL) containing no sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

As one of the world’s largest investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, National Grid has the ambition to remove all SF6 from its fleet by 2050. In 2020, it embarked on LPT project that will replace ageing high-voltage electricity cables and expand network capacity to meet the increasing electricity demand. Considered to be one of the city’s largest engineering projects since the 1960s, the LPT will span 32.5 kilometers via underground tunnels in South London.

Linxon is building Bengeworth Road substation for National Grid to develop the LPT infrastructure. To support National Grid in its transition to SF6-free solutions, Hitachi Energy will deliver 7 bays of its EconiQ 420 kV GIS to enable the transmission of electricity over long distances while eliminating SF6, in addition to EconiQ 420 kV GIL. The EconiQ high-voltage portfolio is 100 percent as reliable as the conventional solutions based on SF6. The installation is expected to commence by 2023.

“We’re delighted that Bengeworth Road substation, at the heart of London Power Tunnels, will be SF6-free,” said Onur Aydemir, National Grid Project Director for London Power Tunnels. “This key power project will deliver a secure energy supply to the capital, and by using sustainable technology we are minimizing the environmental impact of our operations to support the transition to Net Zero.”

“Following the successful collaboration with National Grid on the world’s first replacement of SF6 in existing high-voltage equipment and award-winning project in Richborough, UK, we are proud to be supporting National Grid again in its transition to SF6-free solutions,” said Markus Heimbach, Managing Director of the High Voltage Products business at Hitachi Energy. “The EconiQ GIS is based on our breakthrough SF6-free 420 kV circuit-breaker that demonstrates the reliability and scalability of the technology for the lowest carbon footprint.”

“Linxon is building the infrastructure to power the world with carbon free energy. Thanks to strong collaboration with Hitachi Energy, Linxon is able to provide the pioneering EconiQ SF6-free solution from Hitachi Energy for the Bengeworth substation, supporting our client to meet their sustainability targets”, said Stefan Reisacher, CEO of Linxon.

EconiQ is Hitachi Energy’s eco-efficient portfolio for sustainability, where products, services and solutions are proven to deliver exceptional environmental performance. Hitachi Energy has placed sustainability at the heart of its purpose and is advancing a sustainable energy future for all.

About Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society with data and technology. We will solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, under the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we aim for growth through collaboration with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2021 (ended March 31, 2022) totaled 10,264.6 billion yen ($84,136 million USD), with 853 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 370,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

About Linxon

Linxon commenced operations on September 1, 2018, undertaking turnkey electrical alternating current substation projects related to renewable and conventional power generation, power transmission and transportation solutions. Substations enable the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity. Within the substation, switchgear controls and protects the network from power outages and facilitates reliable electricity supply. (


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Enabling “Oman Vision 2040”, PowerChina is setting new standards in renewable energy with The Oman Ibri photovoltaic project

BEIJING, Dec. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A report from

According to a report released by the World Government Summit recently, Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, and Morocco have taken the lead in achieving 60% of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Oman has been encouraging global cooperation in the field of renewable energy after the launch of “Oman Vision 2040”. In January 2022, Oman’s largest renewable energy project, the Oman Ibri Photovoltaic Project, undertaken by PowerChina, was completed.

As the largest photovoltaic project in Oman at present, its installed capacity reaches 607MW and the annual power generation reaches 1598GWh, which can cover the annual electricity consumption of 50,000 local households. It is of great significance to secure the energy supply and diversify the energy structure of Oman.

The construction of a large-scale photovoltaic power station in the desert not only needs to consider extreme temperatures in summer, but also the complex geological conditions and dust storm weather. During the storm, a thick layer of dust will accumulate on the photovoltaic panels, decreasing the power generation efficiency.

To handle the dust storm, the project team made a pioneering attempt – installing intelligent cleaning robots on the panels. The cleaning robots will automatically clean the dust covered on the panels. This project combines the photovoltaic tracking system and the automatic cleaning system for the first time, greatly improves the power generation efficiency and reduces the operation and maintenance cost, setting new standards for large-scale power station operation and maintenance in the Middle East.

PowerChina has obtained 41 patents for inventions and utility models, completed 1 monograph, and published 8 scientific papers through this project. At the same time, the clean energy produced by The Oman Ibri photovoltaic project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 340,000 tons per year, making a positive contribution to addressing climate change and achieving carbon neutrality.

Adopting Resolutions 2666 and 2667 (2022), Security Council Extends Mandate of Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo for One Year

The Security Council decided today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) — alongside its Intervention Brigade — for one year, and to lift the advance notification requirement under the 1533 Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions regime.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2666 (2022) (to be issued as document S/RES/2666), under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Council also decided MONUSCO’s authorized troop ceiling will comprise 13,500 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 591 police and 1,410 personnel of formed police units. It invited the Secretariat to consider further reducing MONUSCO’s level of military deployment in line with the joint strategy on the Mission’s progressive and phased drawdown.

The Council decided the Mission’s strategic priorities will be to contribute to protecting civilians and to support the stabilization and strengthening of State institutions, as well as key governance and security reform. Such tasks should be implemented in a manner consistent with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; protection of civilians shall be given priority in decisions about the use of available capacity and resources. The Council also encouraged the Mission to support the East African Community-led Nairobi and Luanda processes.

Expressing great concern over the humanitarian situation, which has left an estimated 27 million Congolese in need of aid, the Council demanded that all parties allow and facilitate the full, safe, immediate and unhindered access of humanitarian personnel, equipment and supplies.

The Council also welcomed the Government’s efforts to respond to the needs of the Congolese people and strongly urged all Congolese political stakeholders to spare no efforts in implementing the critical governance, security and economic reforms contained in the Government’s programme of action 2021–2023.

Welcoming the extension of the Mission’s mandate, Council members expressed unanimous support for the Congolese Government’s efforts to stabilize the region, also voicing concern over the dire humanitarian situation. Some States, however, said that the Council’s increased attention to secondary issues such as human rights and sanctions monitoring dilute MONUSCO’s resources.

China’s representative spotlighted the room for reform and improvement in peacekeeping in Africa, stressing that the mandates of MONUSCO and other missions operating on the continent are too broad. Calling for comprehensive reviews of peacekeeping mandates, he stressed that tasks beyond capacity should be returned to the Governments of the countries concerned and United Nations country teams.

The representative of the United Arab Emirates expressed regret that the text did not include a proposal for the Secretary-General’s report to include reporting on climate security and urged the Council to use high-quality data and analysis on how climate impacts may exacerbate risk.

The speaker for the United States, the largest single-country financial contributor to MONUSCO, pointed to the Mission mandate’s stronger focus on countering misinformation and disinformation, while highlighting the importance of regional military actors in the East African Community regional force.

The Council also unanimously adopted resolution 2667 (2022) (to be issued as document S/RES/2667), deciding that the requirement under Council resolution 1807 (2008) for all States to give the 1533 Sanctions Committee advance notice of any shipment of arms and related material — or any provision of assistance, advice or training related to military activities in the country — shall no longer apply.

By that text, the Council requested the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to provide a confidential report in May 2023 detailing its efforts to ensure safe and effective management, storage, marking, monitoring and security of the national stockpiles of weapons and ammunition, including efforts to fight arms trafficking and diversion.

After the adoption, Council members welcomed the consensus achieved on lifting the notification requirement and de-linking the sanctions issue from the Mission so that it is under the sole purview of the Council. Several speakers said that sanctions measures should be adjusted to reflect situations on the ground and stressed the importance of preventing weapons being acquired by armed groups.

Gabon’s representative said the move will eliminate obstacles for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to properly and effectively respond to armed groups who are pillaging resources and committing atrocities against civilians in the eastern part of the country. Restricting a democratically elected Government’s room for manoeuvre to tackle great security challenges, he observed, is not a good thing.

The United Kingdom’s delegate said that while notification processes do not inhibit Governments from building the requisite capacity to provide security, her delegation recognized the current security challenges facing the country. She encouraged the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to establish professional, accountable and sustainable security forces.

The representative of Ireland, expressing discomfort that the matter was being dealt with outside of the schedule for negotiating renewals of sanctions mandates, said matters related to the sanctions regimes should be addressed through the dedicated sanctions mandate renewal process and timeline.

Source: UN Security Council

Presidential Couple open first ecclesiastical complex in Riaba

The Catholic Church in Equatorial Guinea has, as of 20th December, the first St. Catherine Labouré Diocesan Centre for Spirituality, conceived and financed entirely by the First Lady of the Nation.

The handover and inauguration ceremony for this ecclesiastical complex was overseen by the presidential couple, Their Excellencies Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang, in the presence of national, provincial, district, local and religious authorities, led by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Malabo, Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang Mayé.

After the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon and a priest’s blessing, all those present at the ceremony attended a thanksgiving mass, during which the wife of the President of the Republic offered words of gratitude to God for making possible the creation of this emblematic work for the spiritual development of the Equatoguinean population.

“The building of this complex is based on my conviction as a believer. I ask those in charge and the parishioners in general to make good use of this complex dedicated to spiritual development,” said Mangue de Obiang.

For his part, the President of the Republic praised the many social and religious projects that his wife is implementing throughout national territory, stressing that they are a result of the initiative and financed by the First Lady herself.

The first St. Catherine Labouré Diocesan Spirituality Centre, located in the urban district of Marcos Obiang Nguema Nsue in Riaba, contains, in addition to a church, residences and spiritual development rooms, among other facilities.

Source: EQUATORIAL GUINEA Official Web Page of the Government

Nvono-Ncá wishes a Merry Christmas to President Obiang and all the people of Equatorial Guinea

The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, has wished, as he does every year, a Merry Christmas to President Obiang and all his family, and to all the people of Equatorial Guinea.

“H. E. Mr. President,

From the Equatorial Guinea Embassy before the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of Denmark, European Institutions and the OPCW, we address Your Excellency, and your distinguished family, during these Christmas festivities, to pass on our best wishes for 2023 and a Merry Christmas. We hope that the year to come brings you Prosperity, Peace and Well-being.

2022 has been a year that will certainly not go unnoticed in the history of Equatorial Guinea: the year in which His Excellency was reaffirmed by a large majority as the best candidate to ensure the progress and prosperity of our nation. In his long journey as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which has not been without difficulties, he has succeeded in an exemplary manner in ensuring that our country has taken great strides towards unprecedented transformation and development. Equatorial Guinea has become a role model for Africa.

It is certain that 2023 will once again be tremendously demanding for us all, but without doubt, thanks to the efforts of H. E., whose example we follow from this Diplomatic Mission, the rewards will come in the form of more growth, development, security and stability. From the Embassy in the capital of Europe we wish to reaffirm our commitment to continue to make Equatorial Guinea a better country in the coming year.

Through all this, I ask for God’s blessings of health, peace, harmony, happiness and well-being to reach Your Excellency and family, and the entire people of Equatorial Guinea, in 2023. Merry Christmas.

Source: EQUATORIAL GUINEA Official Web Page of the Government