The UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a new “Green Channel”. The idea behind this is to speed up the registration process for more environmentally patents over other patent applications.
It will allow for an accelerated service for combined search and examination together, rather than having a patent being examined some time after the search; accelerated search and examination, and an early publication date. This means that a “green” patent could potentially be published six weeks from date of request instead of 18 months after the filing date. These new rules also apply to existing applications.