Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Cleantech patents in 9 months? by Justin Blows
May 5, 2009, 1:13 pm
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As reported here, the UK government has announced that  it wants to reduce the time it takes to push a patent application through the UK patent office to as little as 9 months.   The UK Minister for IP, David Lammy, stated:

I want to see the development of green technologies. Environmental and low-carbon industries will increase substantially in the coming years. I want to see us create the right conditions for them to grow here in the UK they will offer many “jobs for the future”.

This figure is many times shorter than it currently takes to obtain a patent, and would greatly increase certainty for clean and sustainable technology industries, for both patentees and their competitors alike.  

Too often, patentees around the world are left waiting for reports from patent examiners – from almost every office.  Clarifying the status of a cleantech patent application increases certainty, potentially increases capital investment, and the transfer of critical technology to where it is needed.

Can we have the same in Australia, please?  Surely it would help the Australian cleantech industry.

Justin Blows


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