Non-Provisional Patent Application (Utility)

The Non-provisional patent application (or NPPA for short) leads to a granted patent provided a patent examiner is satisfied it meets all the requirements and does not find existing patents or publications that describe the invention. Typical wait times to receive a first response are about 2-2.5 years from filing, however, exceptions occur fairly frequently. To get your application examined within 3-6 months you can request expedited exam for an additional fee (generally about 3 times what the filing fee is) or if one of the inventors is 65 years old or more, expedited exam can be requested free of charge.