Just like with any form of intellectual property, the patent application is extensive. It can take a long time from filling out the application to filing it and then waiting for approval. However, working with an experienced patent attorney can help guide you on what to do to speed up the usually slow process.
One of the most important things you can do for a smooth application process is to make sure that you fill out the application completely and correctly. Before starting the application, save time by making sure there is not a similar patent out there. This is done by conducting a thorough patent search. You will want to get this done as quickly as possible so you can get the ball rolling on your application.
To speed up the process, turn in your best application. Keep in mind, this will not make the United States Patent and Trademark Office respond faster, but it will make their response more helpful, saving you time in the end. What makes a good application? Make sure it is well written so that people, especially the examiner, can fully understand your invention. Do this by clearly stating all of the information you have, thoroughly describing your invention, including any drawings and providing proof that your invention is in fact patentable.
The United State Patent and Trademark Office does offer accelerated application examination. To qualify, your invention must be of the utmost importance subject matter. For example, if it is related to terrorism. Or if the inventor is really old or extremely ill. If you do not qualify for the accelerated examination, there are prioritized patents. With an additional fee, you can complete the process more quickly with the help of pre-examination interviews.
Another way to speed up the process is to get in line sooner for the application review process. The sooner you get the application filed, the sooner the reviewing process begins and approval can happen. A provisional patent holds your place in line, but remember that the application still needs to be completed and officially submitted to actually move forward. If you are ever unsure about anything during the patent application process, you should always consult with a Phoenix patent and trademark attorney.