Policies & Politics

Published on December 7th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Clean Tech Patents Skyrocketing Under Obama Administration

December 7th, 2010 by

One of the best things our society can do to address the many environmental challenges we are facing is switch to a low-carbon or clean tech economy. But part of doing so means innovation and improvement of clean technologies. The good news is that the Obama administration gets this and has been doing a lot to help out.

Clean tech innovators have gotten a nice boost from the Obama administration in a number of ways. One clear benefit, for example, has been the fast-tracking of clean tech patent applications. From having to wait about 2 years to just waiting about 49 days for an application to be approved or rejected, things are moving much faster than they were before.

The result? Clean tech patents have been skyrocketing in the past year or so. Check out this graph:

clean tech patent growth graph

More good news is that this clean tech fast-tracking patent process, which was set to expire soon, was recently extended for another year and will now be in place until the end of 2011.

“We’ve seen great results so far for those applications in the Green Tech program,” Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, said. “By doing so, we hope to help bring more green inventions to market, stimulate investment in green technology and create jobs.”

For more on this topic, check out:
1. Clean Energy Patents Have Skyrocketed Due to Obama Administration Brains Upgrade
2. Green Innovation Getting More Support from Fast Patent Approval Process

Connect with me on FacebookStumbleUponTwitter, or Care2.

Image Credit: Eddie Gehman Cohan

Keep up to date with all the most interesting green news on the planet by subscribing to our (free) Planetsave newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

Back to Top ↑
  • Connect!

  • 5 Ingredients For A Green Life

    Green Living Info
  • Advertisement

  • 7 Ways to Go Solar

    Solar Power Growth
  • 8 Electric Car Benefits

    electric car benefits
  • Advertisement

  • 10 Bicycling Benefits

    Dutch Bicyclist
  • Save $10,000/Year Riding Transit

    transit savings
  • Advertisement

  • Electric Cars List (US & Europe)

    Solar Power Growth
  • Top Posts On Planetsave

  • Free News from Planetsave!

  • Tell us Your Sustainability Story!

  • Go Solar

    Want to save the planet? Want to live green? Want to save some serious cash money? Go solar! The cost of solar panels today is at a serious low. Go and get a solar quote and home solar report for your home... and then help save the planet!
  • Search the IM Network