Between January and April, 2016, there were a total of 142 patent applications that took advantage of the accelerated examination program (AEP), of which 68 were filed by domestic applicants and 74 were filed by foreign applicants. The top three foreign applicant nationalities were: Japan (32); U.S.A. (11); and China (9). There were 84 applications under Category 1 (i.e., the corresponding application has been approved by a foreign patent authority after substantive examination), and the first office action thereof (including examination opinions and final decisions) was given in an average of 72.3 days. Under Category 2 (i.e., the EPO, JPO or USPTO, as the case may be, has issued an OA and search report during substantive examination but has not yet approved the application’s foreign counterpart), there were 5 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 81.9 days. Under Category 3 (i.e., the invention application is essential to commercial exploitation), there were 43 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 139.3 days. Under Category 4 (i.e., inventions related to green technologies), there were 10 applications, and the first office action was given in an average of 98.4 days.