From January through May of 2016, 183 patent applications was made under the accelerated examination program (AEP), of which 86 were filed by domestic applicants and 97 were filed by foreign applicants.  The top three foreign applicant nationalities were: Japan (42); U.S.A. (14); and China (9).  There were 107 Category 1 applications (i.e., the corresponding applications were approved by a foreign patent authority after substantive examination), and the first office action in those applications (including examination opinions and final decisions) was given in an average of 72.2 days.   There were 7 application under Category 2 (i.e., the EPO, JPO or USPTO issued an OA and search report during substantive examination but has not rebdered approval of the application’s foreign counterpart), and the first office action therein was given in an average of 80.3 days.  There are 56 application under Category 3 (i.e., the invention application is essential to commercial exploitation), where the first office action was given in an average of 138.8 days.  There are 13 application under Category 4 (i.e., inventions related to green technologies), where the first office action was given in an average of 100.6 days. (Charles Ma of Patent Department)