The procedures for filing an application under the Accelerated Examination program are discussed elsewhere in this blog. The result of this program can be impressive. The work load in preparing an application for Accelerated Examination, however, can be burdensome.
To give a more complete picture, I filed an application (including support documents) under the Accelerated Examination program in early June and received notice of allowance of a patent in early August.
The duration of the prosecution was two months.
What can be learned from this?
- A good prior art search is essential.
- The work load in preparing the application documents is more than doubled.
- The legal fees incurred prior to application filing result in the client paying much of the prosecution costs up front.
- The additional filing fee is a bargain for the benefit of obtaining a prompt determination of patentability.
- The success rate of the application increases significantly due to the scrutiny of the search results and permissible modification of draft claims (within the scope of the claims searched).
© David McEwing, 2019