Sarah M. Wong


This Comment will address the environmental problems that confront the U.S. and the steps that the government has taken to solve them. Specifically, research funding and patent protection have provided the green industry an incentive to increase research and development of green technology. One of the more recent programs to help improve the patent protection of green technology, the Green Technology Pilot Program, accelerates the status of green technology through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patenting process. This Comment will suggest that the Program become a permanent feature within the USPTO and that it be expanded to allow maximum access. Finally, this Comment will recommend that the USPTO receive more funding (and keep the funding that it generates) to help alleviate delays, and the U.S. should be more receptive to green technology licensing in developing countries.