Last autumn the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, announced plans for a system by which patents could be granted in as little as 90 days.  The Intellectual Property Office has been working on plans to implement this and today launched a consultation on those plans.

The consultation document can be accessed at:http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-policy/consult/consult-live/consult-2013-superfast.htm

The consultation seeks views inter alia on a proposal to offer a premium "superfast" patent processing service which would be capable of delivering patents in around 90 days, on payment of an additional fee.  Comments are also invited on the existing acceleration services offered by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Responses need to be submitted by Wednesday 12 June 2013 by e-mail, facsimile or mail using the contact details shown below:

Patents Legal Section

3rd Floor

Intellectual Property Office

Concept House

Cardiff Road

Newport

NP10 8QQ

Email: consultation@ipo.gov.uk

Fax: 01633 817777