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 .
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]
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] [updated May 20, 2014]
- Guidelines for Applicants under the New Accelerated Examination Procedure
- Basic Search Strategy
- PCT Minimum Documentation
Tips to Consider When Drafting an AE Submission
Accelerated Examination Web Seminar Presentation on November 2, 2006 [PPT]
- ZIP version [ZIP]
Revised Accelerated Examination Program and Petition to Make Special Procedures [PPT]
- ZIP version [ZIP]
Federal Register Notice
Changes to Practice for Petitions in Patent Applications To Make Special and for Accelerated Examination
( 71 Fed. Reg. 36323 - 26Jun2006) [PDF]
File On-Line via EFS-Web
- EFS-Web (for Registered users)
- EFS-Web Help & Tutorials (new users please start here)
Filing for Accelerated Examination Of a New Application ; Responding to the USPTO about an Accelerated Examination Application
- Fillable Form SB/28 ( Petition to Make Special Under Accelerated Examination Program Form) [PDF]
- Form SB/28 with sample information [PDF]
Interim filing procedure for sequence listings:
On October 14, 2006 the USPTO deployed the newest release of EFS-Web. EFS-Web is now capable of handling sequence listings and other large text files. Therefore, the interim procedures for filing such large text files are no longer available. Applicants must file the entire application through the new improved EFS-Web interface.