Patent prosecution, traditionally meticulous, has emphasized time constraints, costs, and the challenge of addressing office actions while maintaining patent scope. Proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO) and subsequent validation stages have led applicants to utilize all available time limits, resulting in an average 6-year timeframe for obtaining a granted EP patent (source: EPO- Accelerating your PCT application | Epo.org).
In recent years, the desire for rapid results, as seen in the swift granting of designs within hours and trademarks in 4 months (EUIPO standards), has become commonplace. This acceleration has enabled quick rights acquisition, especially adequate for online marketplaces, but hasn’t yet translated into patent prosecution.
INCREASING DEMAND FOR SPEED
Recognizing growing impatience among patent applicants to align with the pace of a fast-changing society, we’ve witnessed a surge in inquiries and requests to expedite proceedings. The goal is to secure a decision much earlier than the standard 6-year timeframe. Read more