we reported on a USPTO fast-track program for green patents.
The July issue of Scientific American reports
…the agency (USPTO) has approved only about one third of the requests it has received, disappointing inventors and even the Patent Office itself. The program’s acceptance rate is “less than I would have expected,” says Robert L. Stoll, the agency’s commissioner for patents.
USPTO is considering changes to the rules that would enable more applications to get on the fast-track, but there are other factors. Perhaps most significant is summarized by Mark Bünger, a research director at Lux Research, a New York–based technology consulting firm, who claims that “there will never be something like a killer app in clean technology”.
History indicates that innovation is often driven by inventions in unrelated technologies which, when combined, enable breakthroughs to emerge.
Post written by Peter Bloch , consultant to CAS-IP