The USPTO has issued it’s “Performance and Accountability Report for 2012.(uspto performance accountability rpt 2012)”:http://www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/ar/USPTOFY2012PAR.pdf

The report includes information that helps to answer the common question, “how long until I get my patent”?

As posted on Lexology by the AIPLA, the pendancy rate varies by technology area. For example:

*applications relating to computer architecture, software & information security (USPTO Technology Center 2100) generally wait 23.5 months to first action, and have an average total pendency of 37.5 months;

*applications relating to communications technologies (USPTO Technology Center 2600) have an average wait time of 24.3 months to first action, and an average total pendency of 37.2 months; and

*applications relating to mechanical engineering products (USPTO Technology Center 3700) have an average wait time of 24.6 months to first action, and an average total pendency of 35.7 months.

This pendancy rate is longer than desired by most IP owners. Several options exists for applicants to speed up the process – for a price. To learn more about these options, please contact us.

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