The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) recently announced that green patent applicationsÂ are now eligible for “super speed” examination that provides examination results inÂ just one month.
The special examination procedure applies to patent applicationsÂ directed to several categories of technologies relating toÂ the environment or “low-carbon green growth.”
To qualify for the super speedy examination, green patent applicants must request thatÂ a prior art search be conducted by one of the threeÂ search agenciesÂ officially sanctioned by KIPO.
According to the KIPO press releaseÂ (see 10/20/09 item), theÂ super speed system was to start on October 1 and will cut the already quick KoreanÂ timeline “from application to acquire a patent” from an average of 18 months (or three months for preferential examinations)Â to a stunningly short period:
Using the superspeed examination system . . . the period can be slashed to less than a month, the fastest examination period in the world.
Thanks to Stu Soffer for bringing this news to my attention.Â