The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced revisions to its Green Technology Pilot Program to allow more categories of technology to be eligible for expedited processing. 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. Such requirements have been removed so that any patent application meeting the requirements described below can be eligible regardless of USPTO technology classification. 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.
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