How long will my patent application take?

A couple of patent law professors run a great patent law blog called Patently-O, and they recently came up with a great chart showing how long it takes to get a patent issued once it’s been filed — an average of 34 months. If you’re interested in patents, you should check out Patently-O — it’s got great commentary on most of the important patent cases from the last several years.

You can also check out the USPTO’s Patent Dashboard, which I reported on a couple of years ago here. It has lots of information, updated monthly, on pendency statistics for patent applications. An excerpt appears below:

Clark County wet/dry petition map using Intelection

I’ve done several posts lately on local option elections (also called wet/dry elections). It’s time for another, as I’ve been working on the patent application for my electioneering software, Intelection. First things first, the graphic:

This shows all the people who signed the wet/dry petition in Clark County in 2010. The address data is more recent than that, and as you can see some folks have moved away from Clark County since the election. 

One of the benefits of the Intelection software is tracking petition drives. Intelection helps answer questions like:

  • Is this person eligible to sign the petition?
  • Has this person already signed the petition?
  • How many people have signed the petition?

Let me know if Intelection and I can help you with a local option petition drive. 

Trademark Dashboard

Last month, I posted about the Patent Dashboard, a fairly new feature on the USPTO’s website that provides statistics on how quickly and how well the USPTO is examining patent applications.

Last month, the USPTO’s Director announced a new Trademark Dashboard aimed at providing the same type of information for trademark application pendency. Currently, a trademark applicant can expect to hear something about an application within 3 months. Assuming no problems, total pendency is averaging a little under a year.

The new tool provides tons more useful statistics. As a practitioner, it is helpful to have this information available so I can give my clients a firm estimate of how much time it will take to secure a federal trademark registration. This represents a step in the right direction for the USPTO, which has been plagued by a lack of transparency about its operations in recent years.