Rewarding use of patents for humanitarian needs
10th February, 2012
States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot programme aimed
at rewarding patent owners for using their patented technology to address
humanitarian needs. The press release issued on 8th February, 2012 notes that
the pilot project will run for 12 months and it will provide organizations a certificate for processing patents faster.
project is aimed at those technologies which significantly address public
health or quality of life issues faced by an impoverished population. A
panel of judges will evaluate applications in four categories - Medical, Food
and Nutrition, Clean Technology, and Information Technology. The communiqué mentions the eligible technologies that will work to confront global challenges include life-saving medical
diagnostic equipment, water sterilization devices, mosquito control and land
certificate will enable queue jumping in respect of patent examination
including re-examination and appeals. According to USPTO certificate-holders can get final decision on their application in 12 months.
Certificate holders can also redeem their certificate to accelerate any one
matter in their portfolio not related to the subject of the humanitarian