The UKIPO has launched a consultation on the possibility of introducing a new “superfast” patent processing service.  The intention is that this service will allow grant in as little as 90 days, on payment of an additional fee.

The intention of the proposed “superfast” service is that it will be offered alongside the existing options for acceleration at the UKIPO.  For more information about these, please see our information sheets  about accelerated prosecution of UK and European patents in general, and on the Patent Prosecution Highway.

The current proposal, for grant in as little as 90 days, suggests an additional fee of £3500-£4500.  No reason for acceleration will be needed, which is different from some of the other options currently available.  It is proposed that the new service will be limited to electronically filed applications, and all correspondence between the applicant and the UKIPO will be sent electronically.

More information can be found here:

 http://www.ipo.gov.uk/consult-2013-superfast

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-policy/consult/consult-live/consult-2013-superfast.htm