UKIPO Green Channel

Green is the latest buzzword from the IPO. You can fast-track a UK patent application relating to green-ish inventions, see the notice at http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro-patent/p-law/p-pn/p-pn-green.htm

This appears to be nothing more than putting down “the invention is green” as an acceptable reason for accelerated Search, Combined Search and Examination, Publication, and/or Examination.

Generally, the UKIPO is pretty relaxed when it comes to reasons for acceleration and so this seems more a case of classic (“In the Thick of It”-style) political manoeuvring than anything else (as aptly demonstrated here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/about/press/press-release/press-release-2009/press-release-20090512.htm ).

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