Accelerated examination may, in principle, be requested in writing at any time. However, to be as effective as possible, it should preferably be requested:
For Euro-PCT applications too, accelerated examination may, in principle, be requested at any time. However, to be as effective as possible, it should preferably be requested:
If requested on entry into the European phase, accelerated prosecution covers formalities examination, the supplementary European search report and/or substantive examination, as applicable.
When accelerated examination is requested, the Office makes every effort to issue the first examination communication within three months of receipt by the Examining Division of the application, the applicant's response under Rule 70a or Rule 161(1) or the request for accelerated examination (whichever is later).