The USPTO recently released its FY2020 Performance and Accountability Report. From this report we can extract some interesting information, and most importantly gage how long it tak for a patent to grant. In 2020 the USPTO’s eight-year trend of reducing patent application pendency continued to trend downward. The average time from filing to first action was 14.7 months. The average total pendency — that is, the time from filing to either grant or abandonment — was 23.3 months.

The wait times varied based on the USPTO Technology Center that reviewed the application. The table and graph below provide a breakdown by technology. Wait time by technology center table Wait time by technology center chart

January 24, 2021
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