The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on December 15, 2011 that the deadline for filing petitions under the Green Technology Pilot Program, originally set to expire on December 31, 2011, is being extended through March 30, 2012 or until 3,500 applications have been accorded special status under the program. “View Press Release.(press release)”:http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2011/11-72.jsp

Under the Green Technology Pilot Program, an applicant may have an application advanced out of turn (accorded special status) for examination, for applications pertaining to green technologies including greenhouse gas reduction (applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources or greenhouse gas emission reduction).

The USPTO states that program statistics show that stakeholders participating in the Green Technology Pilot Program have obtained patents much more quickly as compared to the standard examination process. “Currently, the average time between granting of a green technology petition and first office action on the merits is just 78 days. In many instances, applicants have had their Green Technology inventions patented in less than one year from the application filing date.”

“Read more about the Green Technology Pilot Program.(GTPP)”:http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/green_tech.jsp