USPTO to allow accelerated examination for "green" applications without examination support document

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In a press release dated Dec. 7, 2009, the USPTO announced it was beggining a pilot program to permit accelerated examination of patent applications directed to "green" technologies. The announcement came on the same day that the EPA announced it considers greenhouse gases a threat to public health and the environment. The announcements came just before the start of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In a Federal Register notice today, the specifics of the program were provided in more detail. The applicable technologies include those that materially...

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