First Office Action Pendency

Patently-O did the work, and I’m happy to reprint it.  It’s no secret that getting a patent is a lengthy process:  Current Patent Office estimates show that it has been taking, on average, between 1.95 and 3.98 years for the first office action in a utility patent.  Design and plant patents are at 1.13 and 1.40 years.

One of my recent client filings just received a First Action Prediction of 29 months and is in a subdivision of Tech Center 3670, which Patently-O says is averaging just under 2 years.