Director's Forum: A Blog from USPTO's Leadership
Accelerating Green Innovation
Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos
Yesterday I participated in a press conference with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to unveil an exciting new initiative that will drive innovation in the green technology sector, increase U.S. competitiveness in green technology, and create green jobs. The USPTO initiative, which launches today as the world looks to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a pilot program designed to reduce the average processing time of green technology patent applications.
Through this program, applications already on file in certain green technology areas will be eligible to be accorded special status and examined on an accelerated basis. To be eligible, applicants must file a no-cost petition for special status and indicate how the invention materially contributes to environmental quality, the discovery or development of renewable energy resources, more efficient utilization and conservation of energy resources, or greenhouse gas emission reduction. The pilot will be open to the first 3,000 applications for which a proper petition is filed. If successful, the program may be expanded down the road.
We will monitor the program carefully and will share updates with you along the way. And, of course, we welcome your comments and feedback.