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Green Technology Protection to Fast Track Success

April 11, 2010 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a pilot program that allows inventors to “speed up” the patent application process for examination of green technology inventions, including:

  • Greenhouse gas reduction and/or environmental quality;
  • Energy conservation, and
  • Development of renewable energy resources.

Currently, an application pertaining to environmental quality, or energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources or greenhouse gas reduction will not be advanced out of turn for examination unless it meets the requirements of the accelerated examination program.  Under the Green Technology Pilot Program, applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy, or greenhouse gas emission reduction, are advanced out of turn for examination without meeting all of the current requirements of the accelerated examination program (e.g., examination support document).  The USPTO will accept only the first 3,000 petitions to make special in previously filed new applications, provided that the petitions meet the requirements set forth in the notice published on December 8, 2009, in the Federal Register.

If you have questions about the Green Technology Pilot Program, please feel free to email bambi@bfwpc.com or call 888-388-9614.

A copy of the Petition application is attached.  USPTO Petition to Accelerate Green Tech form sb0420