U.S. Patent Accelerants for 2023

August 4, 2023
Created by 
Wael Mouhsine
Edited by 
John Hocker

U.S. Patent Accelerants for 2023 


The following is NOT legal advice and is intended for educational purposes only.

Accelerated Patent Techniques:

What are they?

US patent applicants can expedite their application process through fast-track options, providing a faster and more efficient path to final disposition compared to standard processing.

Accelerating the patent examination process means bypassing the queue and getting ahead in line.

1) Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)


At least one allowed claim from foreign country (or WIPO international application).

No USPTO (government) Fees

No USPTO (government) Fees

Source: www.uspto.gov/patents/basics/international-protection/patent-prosecution-highway-pph-fast-track  

2) Petition to Make Special Requirements

A) Inventor’s Health Causing Predicted Unavailability (with Doctor’s Note);

B) Inventors Age (65+); or 

C) Enhance environment, conserve/develop energy resources or counters terrorism.

Note: (A)-(C) require no USPTO petition fees. There are however other ways to petition to make special (e.g., stayed litigation) with petition fees required).

3) First-Time Filers (Pilot Program)

Purpose: “lowering time-based barriers for inventors and enabling them to bring their innovations to impact more rapidly.” 



A) Each inventor's first non provisional application; and

B) Micro-entity certification (small entity & less than $21,2352gross income).

No USPTO (government) Fees

Limits: Ends March 11, 2024, or when 1,000 petitions granted

Source: www.uspto.gov/initiatives/first-time-filer-expedited-examination-program


No USPTO (government) Fees

Limits: Ends March 11, 2024, or when 1,000 petitions granted

Source: www.uspto.gov/initiatives/first-time-filer-expedited-examination-program

4) Track One

Eligibility Criteria:  Everyone is eligible (even RCEs) 

USPTO Fees for Track One: 

  1.  $4,200 for undiscounted;
  2.  $1,680 for small entity; and
  3.  $840 micro entity.

Average Track One Pendency From Petition Grant to Final Disposition

Source: www.uspto.gov/patents/apply/petitions/25-prioritized-examination-track-one

5) Accelerated Examination

Eligibility Criteria:  

  • Must have a Statement of Pre-examination Search; and
  • Must have Examination Support Document.

This approach may be seen as undesirable because Applicant must take a position on the allegedly novel and nonobvious claim features.

Source: www.uspto.gov/patents/initiatives/accelerated-examination

6)Patents for Humanity: Green Energy

USPTO awards competition.

Win: transferable acceleration certificate to expedite select USPTO proceedings, as well as public recognition, including awards ceremony. 


1. Tech (in U.S. Patent or Patent App.), addresses green energy, e.g., wind, solar, green hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal or biofuels. 

2. meaningful actions to make available [or data about potential impact] to the marketplace. 

3. deployment benefits environment by making energy renewable, sustainable, cleaner, or greener; and 

4. At least one allowed U.S. patent claim required before certificate issued. 

Deadline: Sept 15, 2023

Source: https://www.uspto.gov/ip-policy/patents-humanity-green-energy

7) Climate Change Mitigation 

Requirements: Applications must contain one or more claims toa product or process that mitigates climate change by being designed to:

A) Remove greenhouse gasses already present in the atmosphere. 

B) Reduce and/or prevent additional greenhouse gas emissions; and/or

C) Monitor, track, and/or verify greenhouse gas emission reductions. 


No government fees required.

Program Ends: June 7, 2027

Source: https://www.uspto.gov/patents/laws/patent-related-notices/climate-change-mitigation-pilot-program

8) Rocket Docket

*Design Patents Only*

Eligibility Criteria:  

A) Expedited Design Examination Fee ($1,600 undiscounted,$640 small entity, $320 micro entity)

B) Pre-examination search; and 

C) An Informations Disclosure Statement (IDS) citing known, relevant prior art.

U.S. Patent Accelerants for 2023:  

  1. PPH (non-US allowance) 
  2. Petition to Make Special (Age 65+, Health, etc.) 
  3. First-Time Filers Pilot
  4. Track One ($$$) 
  5. Accelerated Examination (Pre-exam Search & Support Document) 
  6. Patents for Humanity (Green Energy)
  7. Climate Change Mitigation
  8. Rocket Docket ($$$ + Pre-Exam Search)

*All information in this post was sourced directly from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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