180
Filing and Prosecuting the Patent Application
must be paid by 3.5,
7.5,
and 11.5 years from the date the patent is-
sues. If the maintenance fee is not paid, the patent is no longer en-
forceable. The whole patent process takes approximately 20 months
from the time one files the application to the time the patent issues.
Figure 8.9 is a flow chart showing the steps in the process and the ap-
proximate time involved in getting a patent once the application is
filed.
Accelerating the
Patent Process
New patent applications are examined in order based on their
U.S. filing dates. However, it is possible to have an application exam-
ined out of order by filing a
petition to make special.
A petition to make special is a means for accelerating
the patent prosecution process by filing a paper in the
U.S.P.T.O. requesting that the case be made special based
on certain grounds and, in some instances, paying an ad-
ditional fee.
There are 12 different circumstances in which a person may
file a petition to make special: 9
(1) Manufacture---There is written evidence of a prospective
U.S. manufacturer with sufficient capital and facilities who is obligat-
ed to manufacture the invention immediately upon the allowance of
claims or issuance of a patent that protects the invention.
(2) Infringement~A verified statement is provided that al-
leges that there is an infringing device or product actually on the
market or method in use that infringes the claims in the patent appli-
cation.
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Accelerating the Patent Process
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above. B. File verified slatenint of Small Entily Slalus before, or wtlh,
payment of 1/2 the FEE DUE ~ above.
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