Brother International Gets First Patent Under New Program
A new government program aimed at expediting the examination and acceptance of new patents has graduated its first recipient: Brother International, a producer of printers and cartridges.
The program, called the Accelerated Examination Program, was launched last year by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and considers patents to companies willing to do more work up front in exchange for a speedier decision. The new program is aimed at reducing the agency’s large patent backlog, and it guarantees that applicants receive an answer within one year, rather than taking as long as five.
Brother, which is headquartered in Japan, has its U.S. base of operations in Bridgewater, N.J. The patent that was approved is a new form of ink cartridge technology, to be used for digital imaging.