USPTO pilot will expedite green patents
The USPTO is to begin a one-year pilot programme to speed up the examination of patents for eco-friendly inventions
The programme was announced on Monday, as world leaders
began meeting to discuss solutions to climate change in Copenhagen. The UN Climate Change
conference includes about 15,000 participants from 192
Under the pilot, the Office will accelerate examination of
the first 3,000 of its approximately 25,000 pending patent
applications related to green technology for which a proper
petition is filed, beginning December 8.
A so-called petition to make special must be filed
electronically by the applicant before December 8 2010.
The applications must meet certain criteria, including
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