PTO Extends Green Tech Program

November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Stuart Meyer, partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Fenwick & West LLP, was recently quoted in the Daily Journal article, "PTO Extends Green Tech Program," which outlined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's plan to help advance green technology innovation.

The USPTO recently extended its pilot program, designed to allow patent applicants in the area of green technology a speedier approval process as well as less restrictive qualifications. The previous deadline for this program was December 8 of 2010, but the program has now been extended through the end of 2011.

While this program was designed to fast track these kinds of green technology patents and create growth in this area, the results have not been as impressive as expected. However, the office has now loosened the requirements to qualify for this program, opening up the categories of technology considered eligible.

"It does open [the program] up to a broad new swath of applications," said Stuart Meyer, a Mountain View-based partner who represents green tech clients. Meyer said the extension and expansion of eligible technology could make a significant difference in the green tech market.

Still, Meyer said many startup companies may not be eager to seek their patents on an expedited basis because that requires more money and disclosure upfront.

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