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USPTO provides annual data on issue times for patents

Wonder how long it takes for a patent issue? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has released its annual report, and here’s some useful information.

IThe average time between filing and first office action in 2019 was 14.7 months, more than a month quicker than last year’s average of 15.8 months. However, average total pendency (from filing to either grant or abandonment) also remained level at 23.8 months.

The wait times varied by technology. Patent applications for computer architecture and mechanical engineering inventions generally experienced the longest waits, while patent applications for communications and biotech inventions moved much more quickly.

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