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Fast-tracking of Green Technology Patents

We are approaching the one year anniversary of the Canadian Patent Office’s implementation of expedited examination for patent applications for green (environmental) technologies. The initiative is part of a government effort to support the development of a clean energy economy.

Normally, Canadian patent applications are only examined out of turn if the patent applicant can establish that it will be prejudiced if its patent application is not examined in an expedited manner. Requests for expedited examination (called Special Order) are typically made in cases of actual or threatened patent infringement which can only be pursued once the patent issues, or commercialization where there is a need to have the patent in hand to conclude a technology license for example. A $500 government fee is required to request Special Order. More…