USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to More Inventions

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it is revising its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing under the program. Eligibility for the pilot program, which was designed to promote the development of green technologies, had previously been limited to applications within a select number of U.S. classifications. The USPTO today removes that requirement. By allowing more inventions related to green technologies to be accorded special status and receive expedited examination, the Green Technology Pilot Program will accelerate the development and deployment of green technology, create green jobs and promote U.S. competitiveness in this vital sector.