pros and cons expedited examination

Inventor Series: Pros and Cons of Expediting Examination with the Track One Program

Introduction

One of the dynamics of being involved in IP law is the first-hand experience of the time involved in waiting for a patent to issue.  With the current backlog at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it can take anywhere from 2-4 years to receive an initial examination.  Even after that first examination it can still take another year or so to get a patent application in a condition for allowance, and ultimately issued.  Given the fast-paced world of today, it’s no wonder inventors and patent owners alike find this snail's pace a grim experience, and often inquiring about any expediting options.

And, just like driving around stalled traffic in an HOV lane or the TSA PreCheck option over long lines at airport screening, indeed there are situations when one can do just that.  But just because one ‘can’, does this mean one ‘should’?  Especially when it comes to paying a premium, one really should consider patiently sticking with the status quo.