International Patents

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an “international patent.”  However, there are some very good options when seeing international patent protection such as the PCT international patent application and the EPO patent application.  We have posted a new page on International Patents which discusses your foreign filing options.

USPTO Unveils Pilot Program to Accelerate Examination of Green Technologies

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office announced a pilot program to accelerate the patent examination of “green” technology patent applications.  The intention of the pilot program is to accelerate the development and deployment of green technology.  It is expected that the patent applications entered into the pilot program will be examined approximately one year earlier.  It currently takes approximately 30 months for a first office action and approximately 40 months for a final decision on green technology patent applications.

You can read the USPTO Press Release on Accelerating Green Technology Patent Applications.

Google Receives Patent for Enhanced Search Results (U.S. Patent No. 7,624,101)

On November 24, 2009, Google was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,624,101 titled “Enhanced Search Results.”  This patent is for the Google search technology you see today when searching for a business where the results includes a phone number, address and a map for the business.  Below is the Abstract and Figure 1 from the patent.

A method includes receiving a search query from a user and generating search results based on the search query. The method may also include providing the search results and information identifYing at least one ofa telephone number or an address associated with a first one of the search results to the user. The method may further include providing a link to a map associated with at least the first search result to the user.


Google Local Search Patent
Google Local Search Patent – Figure 1


 DOCUMENT:   U.S. Patent No. 7,624,101