The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced yesterday the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500 applications have been accorded that status.
Participants in the Green Technology Pilot Program have obtained patents much more quickly than applications undergoing standard examination. For example, the average time between granting of a green technology petition and first office action on the merits is just 78 days. And in many cases, applicants have had their green tech invention patented in less than one year. The program is still relative small because just more than 2,900 petitions have been granted to green tech patent applicants since the program began in December 2009.
See the PTO release here for details.
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