USPTO Extends Green Patent Pilot Program

Law360, New York (November 10, 2010, 5:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has extended a pilot program that moves patent applications for environmentally friendly technology closer to the front of the examination line, but capped the number of requests for expedited review it would grant.

The program, which had been set to expire Dec. 8, will now run until the end of 2011, USPTO Director David Kappos said Wednesday.

Patent applications for green technology that were filed before the program began in December 2009 are now also eligible for the expedited examinations,...
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