Accelerated Examination

The USPTO has established procedures under which the examination of a patent application may be accelerated. Under one of these procedures, the USPTO will advance an application out of turn for examination if the applicant files a grantable petition to make special under the accelerated examination program. The USPTO is similarly revising the procedures for other petitions to make special, except those based on applicant's health or age or the PPH pilot program. Other petitions to make special (i.e., based on: manufacture, infringement, environmental quality, energy, recombinant DNA, superconductivity materials, HIV/AIDS and cancer, countering terrorism, and biotechnology applications filed by small entities MPEP § 708.02 ) will be processed using the revised procedure for accelerated examination. Thus, petitions to make special, except those based on applicant's health, age, or the PPH pilot program , will be required to comply with the requirements for petitions to make special under the accelerated examination program as set forth in this notice.

The effective date for this change in practice is : 25 August 2006 .

 

Statistics

Decisions on Petitions to Make Special (May 29, 2015)

Fiscal Year of Decision Granted Dismissed Denied Undecided
2015 32 26 28 73
2014 106 53 83 0
2013 150 97 112 0
2012 257 161 129 0
2011 690 354 240 0
2010 452 312 275 0
2009 1130 664 358 0
2008 701 816 412 0
2007 219 363 341 0
2006 0 5 2 0

 

Decision Timelines on Petitions to Make Special (May 29, 2015)

Fiscal Year of Decision Decisions Pendency (Days) - Mailroom to Decision
2015 86 82.5
2014 243 93.5
2013 363 69.5
2012 554 66.3
2011 1297 64.3
2010 1051 58.3
2009 2178 93.9
2008 1963 57.4
2007 946 48.4
2006 7 21.9

2B43 First Action Pendency from Filing and PTMS Decision (May 29, 2015)

Fiscal Year of First Action Eligible 2B43 First Actions Pendency (Months)- Filing to First Action Pendency (months) - Petition Decision to First Action
2015 42 5.77 2.42
2014 101 4.59 1.58
2013 149 4.88 1.48
2012 298 4.70 1.60
2011 678 4.65 1.90
2010 457 4.61 1.88
2009 1241 6.90 1.56
2008 538 4.83 1.61
2007 166 4.24 1.43
2006 0 0 0

2B43 Pendency from Filing and PTMS Decision (May 29, 2015)

Fiscal Year of Issue/Aband. Eligible 2B43 Issues/Aband. Pendency (months)- Filing to Issues/Aband. Pendency (months)- Petition Decision to Issues/Aband.
2015 48 12.58 9.26
2014 126 14.68 11.39
2013 146 12.72 9.35
2012 445 9.90 6.66
2011 593 8.62 5.99
2010 825 11.42 6.79
2009 1097 10.90 6.25
2008 301 9.04 6.07
2007 45 6.87 4.41
2006 0 0 0

Comparison Chart of Domestic Acceleration Initiatives [PDF]

For more information on international worksharing programs and proposals, see the worksharing Web page: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/patents/ir_pat_worksharing.jsp

Accelerated Examination Statistics [PDF] [data updated April 9, 2012]

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Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] [updated May 20, 2014]

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