One of the biggest questions people have about the patent process is about how long it takes, most often in reference to both the application process and the amount of time the inventor must spend away from daily tasks.
The standard patent process itself takes an average of more than three years. However, an increasing number of companies are beginning to use what is known as the Track One accelerated process. This faster process guarantees a response from the USPTO within one year and final resolution within eighteen months.
Track One costs small corporations an additional $2,000 upfront per patent application. While the upfront cost is higher, we’ve found (as have others who have analyzed the process) that the total cost can be the same or even less than for non-accelerated applications. Additionally, the grant rate is consistently and significantly higher for Track One applications.
The inventor-time typically required as part of the patent process can vary widely depending on the invention. When the invention disclosure is created as part of the engineering process, it maximizes the efficiency of the creation of IP and creates higher quality results.