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.