I recently saw an update about the ongoing saga of Gilbert Hyatt’s patents that have been pending for over 35 years. It made me wonder: who is on the flip side of that bell curve? That is, whose patents were pending for a very short amount of time? To get the best measure, I wanted to know which patents were allowed fastest – not which ones paid their issue fees and issued the fastest.
From filing to allowance in 9 days
The overall fasted to allowance for applications filed since 2000 appears to be U.S. Patent 9,724,551, “Stretching Device”, which was filed March 16, 2017 and allowed an amazing 9 days later on March 25, 2017. The application was not a track 1 application, nor did it have any petition to make special.
The top 10 Fastest allowances (utility applications since 2000)
Here’s the rest of the Top 10 (note I have only included utility applications, not design applications)
|Application||Filing Date||Allowance Date||Days||Art Unit||Examiner||Notes|
|15461254||20170316||20170325||9||3764||LEE, JOSHUA S||Continuation|
|15644775||20170708||20170718||10||2884||GAWORECKI, MARK R||Made Special (Inventor Age)|
|15621528||20170613||20170623||10||1774||RASHID, FAZLE A||Continuation|
|15489295||20170417||20170427||10||1625||MORRIS, PATRICIA L||Divisional|
|15587635||20170505||20170515||10||3618||JOHNS, HILARY LYNN||Continuation|
|15608557||20170530||20170609||10||1625||ROZOF, TIMOTHY R||Continuation|
|15581613||20170428||20170510||12||1625||ROZOF, TIMOTHY R||Divisional|
|15340080||20161101||20161113||12||2194||MUDRICK, TIMOTHY A||Continuation|
Continuations and divisionals get expedited treatment
Note that, only one application in the top 10 was made special (incidentally, apparently a petition to make special based on inventor age can be automatically granted in EFS). The rest were continuations and divisionals. This topic — the expedited treatment of continuations and divisionals — is something that I have been intending to write about and will in the near future.
9 of the Top 10 fastest allowances came in 2017
This accords with the USPTO’s reported statistics of decreasing pendency time — a very good thing.
If you need a patent fast, try to get in front of a Timothy!
Coincidentally, 3 of the top 10 were examined by a Timothy! Turns out Timothy was a very popular name for a long time (source behindthename.com):