USPTO Green Technology Pilot Program — CLOSED
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Green Technology Pilot Program was expanded and extended beyond 2011, but is now CLOSED. Applicants were able to accelerate examination of unexamined US patent applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources or greenhouse gas emission reduction. Similar to the Patent Prosecution Highway fast track program, without paying a petition fee or encountering burdensome requirements. The average time before the first action on a “green technology” application was 49 days. The pilot program will ran until 3000 petitions were granted. 

Going forward, we are assisting clients seeking fast track examination through the Prioritized Examination (Track I) program or the accelerated examination program. Both the Track I and accelerated examination programs provide advancement of examination and set a target of reaching final disposition within 12 months from the time advancement is initiated.