Petition to Make Special Based on Age

There’s a streamlined way to speed up utility patent applications based on the inventor’s age. An inventor who is at least 65 years old may file a petition to make special based on age with the USPTO to advance the examination of the patent application. By filing the PDF-based epetition via the USPTO EFS online system, the epetition will be automatically and instantly granted. So, make sure to tell your patent attorney your age if this applies to you.

How to speed up patent based on applicant’s health

If the applicant’s health is such that they might not be available to assist in the patent process, then a petition to make special may be filed accompanied by evidence showing the health condition of the applicant. Evidence may include a doctor’s certificate or other medical certificate. There is currently no available epetition based on health, so a petition must be properly drafted to meet all petition requirements.

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Vic Lin

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