One of the most frustrating parts of being an inventor is waiting for your patent application to be approved.
The lengthy process takes years, and the longer it takes, the more vulnerable your idea is to being copied by others.
But what if we told you there are ways to accelerate your patent application process?
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers two programs to expedite patent applications:
- The Petition to Make Special for inventors age or health, and
- The new First Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program.
These programs help you get your patent granted in as little as 6-12 months!
Keep reading this comprehensive guide to these programs!
Then, hop over to my YouTube Channel and watch this free training video to learn more.
Petition to Make Special For Inventors Age or Health For Your Patent Application
If you’re an inventor who is either over 65 or in poor health, a petition to make your application special expedites examiner assignment.
This means that the USPTO prioritizes your application and moves it to the front of the line, with the goal of patent approval in a matter of months rather than years.
What a great option if you’re worried about your health or simply want patent protection as soon as possible.
After petition approval, your application moves ahead of others in the examination queue, which significantly reduces the wait time.
First Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program For Your Patent Application
The First Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program is a new program introduced by USPTO in 2023.
If you’ve never filed a patent application before, you may be eligible for this new first time filer expedited examination pilot program.
This program helps first-time filers get their applications approved more quickly, with a goal of reaching a final decision within a year.
To qualify for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
- First time patent inventor
- Micro entity status
- Complete patent training
If you meet these criteria, you can apply for the First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program. This program has a limit of 1,000 applications per year and is only available until all spots are filled.
Fast Track Options For Your Patent Application
Apart from the two programs mentioned above, there are other fast-track options available to inventors.
For instance, the Track One prioritized examination program offers an accelerated examination for an additional fee.
This program helps all inventors and not just first-time filers or aged inventors.
Another option is the Accelerated Examination Program.
This program requires an applicant to conduct a pre-examination search and submit an accelerated examination support document that outlines how the application meets several requirements.
In conclusion, check out the various programs to accelerate your patent application process in 2023.
The Petition to Make Special for inventors age or health and the new First Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program are two of the options available.
Inventors should understand the eligibility requirements and prepare adequately before applying for these programs.
By following our tips on how to prepare for an accelerated patent application, you can increase your chances of fast track success.
Remember, an accelerated patent application process can save you time and money, so take advantage of these programs when suitable for your invention.
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