From January through August of 2016, 305 patent applications were made under the accelerated examination program (AEP), of which 159 were filed by domestic applicants and 146 were filed by foreign applicants. The top four foreign applicant nationalities were: Japan (55); U.S.A. (32); Germany (15); and China (10). There were 167 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 issued in an average of 71.9 days. There were 11 application under Category 2 (i.e., the EPO, JPO or USPTO issued an OA and search report during substantive examination but has not rendered approval of the application’s foreign counterpart), and the first office action therein was issued in an average of 79.5 days. There are 109 applications under Category 3 (i.e., the invention application is essential to commercial exploitation), where the first office action was issued in an average of 137.6 days. There are 18 applications under Category 4 (i.e., inventions related to green technologies), where the first office action was issue in an average of 100 days.