by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 1st 2010 4:05am
We were a bit worried late last year when the USPTO announced plans to speed up the review process for so-called "green tech patents." Speeding up the review process of a system notorious for granting bad, innovation-hindering patents doesn't seem wise for an emerging market. The USPTO said it would cap the trial period to just 3,000 patents to keep it from getting overwhelmed. However, it turns out that the USPTO needn't have worried. They haven't even gotten halfway to the cap yet. To date, only 1,477 requests have been made for the accelerated review program. Apparently this has lots of lawyers scratching their heads, wondering if the program is too expensive or what. Of course, there is another possibility as well: the really innovative folks working on greentech breakthroughs are focused on actually innovating, rather than worrying about the patent office. But, perhaps that's just wishful thinking...
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