Over the last two years, the IPO has granted several patents in under a year from the date of filing. Some of these grants have been extensively reported, one article claiming a grant in just four and half months. Some of BananaIP’s filings received grants within a year, but the shortest was about seven months for Evlogia. The speedy grants spell the beginning of a new era of a proactive patent office, which is today relatively more transparent and organised than earlier.
The expedited grants were facilitated by changes in patent rules for certain applicants and patent applications, and some quick, crafty prosecution by patent attorneys. However, the patent process is just a part of speeding grants, and getting a grant requires much more than merely filing for expedited or express examination. Applications must relate to strong, inventive inventions, they must be put in proper order, and strategically drafted and filed. Under certain circumstances, getting a patent fast might prove to be counterproductive as well.