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Fast Track Patents for Green Inventions

Businesses developing environmentally-friendly products will be able to patent their ideas more quickly – following the launch of a fast-track process by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Under the new scheme, a patent could be granted in just nine months – less than half the current average processing time of two to three years. The initiative is already in force and is open to existing as well as new applications. Until now, applicants who wished to have their patent application accelerated for any reason were obliged to demonstrate to the IPO why fast tracking was necessary. However, the new system waives this requirement. To qualify for the fast-track system, firms only need to demonstrate that their invention relates to environmentally-friendly technology and that th... »