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Fast-Tracking Green Technology

The U.S. Senate has passed new legislation to prioritize patents for technologies of importance to America’s economy, including cutting-edge green technologies.

New legislation that aims to fast-track the patent process for green technology is called the America Invents Act. “The Patent Office’s current pilot program on green technologies has allowed patents to be granted more quickly than the average 2 to 3 year wait. The Menendez amendment would allow the Patent Office to expedite patents of vital national importance. Senator Menendez said, ‘We create jobs by harnessing the ideas of our innovators, not tying them down with red tape. The ideas of the future are within our grasp. An efficient government will register those ideas, and then get out of the way.'”


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