USPTO Will Take On More Prioritized Applications

By Adam Lidgett (September 23, 2021, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will raise the number of applications it is allowed to accept yearly for a program meant for higher-priority patent application reviews to 15,000 a year.

The USPTO's so-called Track One program allows inventors and companies to ask for their patent applications to be handled within a year, according to the agency's website.

Under that program, the applications — which carry a $4,000 fee — can get a decision in an average of eight months, as opposed to 24 months for a normal petition.

Prior to a USPTO notice set to be published in the Federal...

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