Published by LawTechie - January 19, 2010 - LawTechie

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is running a pilot program to accelerate the patent applications pertaining to green technologies. Applications connected to green tech will be examined out of turn (the current default timeline is 3+ years):

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, will be advanced out of turn for examination without meeting all of the current requirements of the accelerated examination program (e.g., examination support document).

Possible outcomes:
(1) The USPTO program will accelerate the emergence of green technologies, or…
(2) The USPTO program will incentivize inventors (and their lawyers) to phrase all future applications in environmental terms (e.g., “Kindle 2.0, based on revolutionary tree-saving technology…”).

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