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PTO Issues the 500th Patent Through Its Green Technology Pilot Program to General Electric

October 5, 2011

General Electric Co. is the owner of the 500th patent issued through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Green Technology Pilot Program, the agency announced Oct. 5. GE was issued this patent (8,029,241) for its invention entitled a “Wind Turbine Rotor Blade with Aerodynamic Winglet.”

“This is the 116th patent General Electric has secured through the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program, in which applications involving reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation and environmental quality are accelerated in their review at no cost to the inventor,” the PTO said in its press release. It further noted that stakeholders participating in the Green Technology Pilot have obtained patents much more quickly than the standard examination process. “Currently, the average time between granting of a green technology petition and first office action on the merits is just 68 days,” and often applicants have had their Green Technology inventions patented in less than one year from the application filing date, the press release continued.

“USPTO is proud to play a role in accelerating socially conscious technologies in emerging fields like alternative fuels, clean energy, and green technology,” USPTO Director David Kappos said. “By advancing a commitment to building a more sustainable energy future the agency is able to spur additional innovation and promote green collar jobs that provide our world with alternatives to harmful energy practices.”

“We applaud the USPTO for initiating this program to accelerate the review of patent applications for green technology inventions,” said Carl Horton, GE’s chief intellectual property counsel. “By allowing GE and other innovators in the green technology sector to bring our inventions to market more quickly, this program is helping to accelerate solutions to environmental challenges, while also growing the economy and creating new jobs.”

The agency extended the deadline for filing petitions under its Green Technology Pilot Program to December 31, 2011.  Over 2,500 petitions have been granted to green technology patent applicants since the pilot began in December 2009.

For more information on the PTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program, please click here.

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