The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced a sixth extension of the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. The program accelerates examination for innovations related to COVID-19. Requests to participate must be filed no later than May 11.
According to the USPTO, as of January 9, 364 patents were issued from applications granted prioritized status under this program. The average total pendency for those applications was 356 days. The shortest pendency from filing date to issue date for those applications was 75 days.