How long dose it take to get a patent finalized? I have had a patent filed since July 2013, and I'm still waiting.
The time required to get a patent depends on various factors, some of which are:
- The country in which the patent application has been filed
- The field of technology to which the patent application relates
- Steps taken to expedite the patenting process
- Number of independent and dependent claims in the patent application
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The average time in processing a patent usually takes for about 2-3 years from the official date of filing. You will be informed of the official date of filing by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office within 8 weeks or if done electronically, you will have the application number within minutes.
When you have your patents granted, you will have exclusive right to the patents for 20 years provided you are paying the maintenance fee regularly.
Are you saying you submitted an application for a patent in July 2013? The average time until a first office action (which is a rejection in about 87% of new applications) is about 18 months, but it varies depending on the technology area.
From the perspective of granted patents (in 2013), the average time from filing until allowance is around 30 months.
Up-to-date source: http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml