The applicant may request that the Office expedite the examination of a design application.
Following criteria to qualify for expedited examination:
(1) The application must include drawings;
(2) The applicant must have conducted a pre-examination search; and
(3) The applicant must file a request for expedited examination including:
- fee; and
- A statement that a pre-examination search was conducted. The statement must also indicate the field of search and include an information disclosure statement.
Note: The Office will not examine an application that is not in condition for examination (e.g., missing basic filing fee) even if the applicant files a request for expedited examination under this section.