Thursday, 10 December 2009 18:47


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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") has announced a pilot program to grant special status to patent applications directed to green technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas. The program is available to applicants with currently pending patent applications pertaining to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy resources or greenhouse gas emission reduction.
Significantly, the PTO will accept petitions under this pilot program without requiring applicants to comply with the rigorous procedural hurdles normally associated with petitions to make special on the basis of the underlying technology including, among other things, an extensive (and expensive) review and analysis of the relevant prior art which must be presented to the PTO in an examination support document. As a further incentive, the PTO has waived the petition fee for qualifying applicants.
Under this pilot program, which became effective December 8, 2009 and is scheduled to run for one year, the PTO will accept the first 3,000 petitions for currently pending patent applications meeting the criteria for "green technologies".

For more information clik here.

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John Fulton, Jr.

Mr. Fulton is a Registered Patent Attorney and Senior Counsel with Malloy & Malloy, P.L., Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. His practice includes all aspects of Intellectual Property Law with a focus on patent and trademark prosecution and related transactional matters, and patent infringement litigation. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University, and obtained considerable engineering experience prior to receiving his law degree, with honors, from the University of Miami School of Law. In addition to the Florida Bar, he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, and the Eastern District of Texas, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Federal Circuits. Mr. Fulton also maintains his Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.

Mr. Fulton is an active member of the Florida Bar, and currently serves on the Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Bar and Dade County Bar Associations, and provide Pro Bono services through the DCBA’s Small Claims Clinic and Venture Law Project initiatives. He has served as an Officer and Director of the Inventors Society of South Florida, and regularly provides complimentary “Office Hour” consultations to participants at Venture Café Miami. He has also had the honor to serve as President of his Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell.