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Green Tech Patents: USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program

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Green Technology Pilot Program

In December, 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a "Green Technology Patent" program to fast track green innovations to market.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications, Secretary Gary Locke announced on Monday. The new initiative, coming days before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, will accelerate the development and deployment of green technology, create green jobs, and promote U.S. competitiveness in this vital sector.

"American competitiveness depends on innovation and innovation depends on creative Americans developing new technology," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "By ensuring that many new products will receive patent protection more quickly, we can encourage our brightest innovators to invest needed resources in developing new technologies and help bring those technologies to market more quickly."

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing a pilot program in which an applicant may have an application advanced out of turn (accorded special status) for examination, for applications pertaining to green technologies including greenhouse gas reduction (applications pertaining to

  • Environmental quality
  • Energy conservation
  • Development of renewable energy resources or
  • Greenhouse gas emission reduction)

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).

First 3,000 Petitions Accepted in this Pilot Program

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, as modified by the Federal Register notice published on May 21, 2010 (links to the Federal Register notices are provided below).


PDF about the pilot program.

FORMS: The USPTO provides patent forms to the public to use for application.

BLOG: Green Patent Blog® is published by Eric Lane, a patent attorney at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, where he is in the Intellectual Property and Climate Change & Clean Technologies practice groups.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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