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Reviewed 24 May 2011

Environmental success as 100th green patent granted

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has today (24 May 2011) announced that it has granted its 100th green patent under the Green Channel acceleration scheme. The Green Channel enables inventions with an environmental benefit to be given priority within the patent system.

Over 450 green patent applications have been made since the service was launched in May 2009. The service can dramatically reduce the amount of time it can take for a patent to be granted. Under the Green Channel an application is granted after an average of 8 months from request for acceleration, compared to an average time of 36 months for a normal application to be granted.

Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:

"Fast tracked green patents provide innovative businesses with a great incentive to develop green products that can be brought quickly into the marketplace.

"There is a growing demand for low carbon products across the world and we want the UK to be at the forefront of developing this kind of technology. With the granting of the 100th green patent we are helping to support businesses and encouraging them to come up with innovative and green ways of thinking for the future."

The 100th patent granted was to Protean Electric for a regenerative braking system for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Intellectual property manager for Protean Electric, Chris Harrison said:

"The green channel patent system has been central to our company's strategy, allowing us to get patents on our innovative and green technology within a year. This has helped us to attract new investment and potential customers.

"For a relatively young company such as ours, to have a patent granted as soon as 10 months after filing has been a real boost. It means that we have been able to quickly protect our innovation which has been of great value economically."

For more information about the Green Channel scheme visit the IPO website.

Notes to editors

  • Intellectual property represents the property of the mind or intellect. It can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the practical application of a good idea.
  • The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
  • Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge-based economy.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to Intellectual Property (IP) to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • Protean Electric External Link is a leading clean technology company that designs, develops and manufactures in-wheel electric motors for hybrid and battery electric vehicles.
  • A database of all published Green Channel patent applications is available on the IPO website.
  • For further information, please contact Dan Palmer on 0207 215 5303 or e-mail communications.

Date of release: 24 May 2011