Skip to content
Subscriber Only

‘Green Technology’ Patent Program Extended for 1 Year by U.S.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is extending by one year its program that expedites review of applications for inventions intended to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The program, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 8, has granted 790 petitions for the faster review and issued 79 patents since the initiative began a year ago, the Alexandria, Virginia-based agency said in a statement today. The average time before the first action on a “green technology” application is 49 days, the patent office said. That compares with the typical two-year wait.