Fast or Slow? Strategies to Speed Up the Patent Process Among Worldwide Patent Offices


A threshold question for each patent filing is the speed at which a patent is desired.

In many cases, applicants want to obtain patent protection as rapidly as possible in order to guard against infringers or as a show of success to potential investors. In these situations, there are a variety of mechanisms available including: petitions to advance examination in the United States (e.g., a petition to make special); an accelerated request for search and examination in foreign jurisdictions such as Europe or the United Kingdom.

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