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Wait. The first examination of an inventor’s patent application may not occur for more than a year after the filing date. There are ways to accelerate the examination process, which are as follows:
• Track I Accelerated Examination
This procedure allows accelerated examination of a patent application with the payment of an additional fee and completion of additional paperwork. Under this program, the goal is to have a first office action within 4 months and a final disposition within 12 months of accelerated status being granted.
• Accelerated Examination
If the patent application relates to the enhancement of environmental quality, the development or conservation of energy resources, the prevention or countering of terrorism, the applicant’s age or health it may apply for accelerated examination.
• Governmental Request
An application may also be examined out of turn if it is deemed of peculiar importance to some branch of the public service, that department requests the application be taken out of turn, and the USPTO grants the accelerated review.
Utility Patent Application Process to Issuance or Final Rejection