UK ‘Green’ inventions are to get fast-tracked through the UK’s patent system” after David Lammy, Minister for Intellectual Property, launched an initiative which will enable inventions with an environmental benefit to be given priority within the patent system. The proposal, which forms part of the Government’s current somewhat mixed approach on measures to tackle climate change, reflects the importance of maximising support for inventions which could have a significant impact on combating climate change. In a press release David Lammy said ““Climate change affects us all and any actions we take now to improve low-carbon technology has got to be positive for both the environment and our future economic competitiveness” adding “We have already taken great steps forward in greener motoring, supporting the development of new vehicles and encouraging motorists to make greener choices … today’s initiative builds on this by offering innovative UK businesses working in green technologies the chance to get high-quality patent rights faster than ever before. This in turn will speed up the time it takes to get products to market, benefiting both business and consumers”. The green patents initiative will make it easier and faster for new products to reach the market – it could take only nine months to get a patent granted under this scheme, compared with the current average time of two-to-three years.