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Design Patent Accelerated Examination

Smith Hopen Intellectual Property Term Glossary Definition for Design Patent Accelerated Examination
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office typically processes design patents in about 12 months.  However, a petition to accelerate the examination may be paid with a fee (currently $900 as of October 2012).  The petition must also include a prior art search.  The petition usually reduces the time to acquire the design patent from 12 months to 3 months.

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