I am from India and want to apply for patent from uspto with or without the help of lawyer whichever can fasten the process.
The US Patent Office has a Procedure known as both "Track I" and Prioritized Examination. That is currently the most effective way to accelerate through the process. If everything works smoothly, that process takes about 9 months from the day you file your application to the day that the patent issues. The fee for prioritized examination is $2,000 for small entities, $1,000 for micro entities, and $4,000 for large entities.
Firstly, Form 25 (Request for permission for making patent application outside India) has to be filed by the resident of India in the Indian Patent Office before filing the patent application in other countries.
In case of USPTO, different options to expedite the examination process of patent application are Prioritized examination, Accelerated examination, First Action Interview Pilot Program and Patent Prosecution Highway.
- Prioritized examination
Micro entity – USD 1,000 Small entity – USD 2,000 Non-small entity – USD 4,000
Prioritized examination can be availed at the time of filing original utility and plant patent applications. Prioritized examination for newly filed original utility and plant patent application is also known as “Track One Prioritized examination”. On opting for prioritized examination, the patent application would be granted special status during prosecution of the application.
- Accelerated examination
Micro entity – $35 Small entity – $70 Non-small entity – $140
Accelerated examination is one of the procedures established by the USPTO under which examination of a patent application may be accelerated. A grantable petition has to be filed by the applicant to make special under the accelerated examination program to advance an application out of turn for examination.
- First Action Interview Pilot Program
Additional fee: None
An applicant has to file a request to participate in the First Action Interview (FAI) Pilot program within six months life of the program and at least one day prior to appearance of first office action on the merits of the application in the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system.
- Patent Prosecution Highway
Additional fee: None
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program was established by the participating intellectual property offices to expedite the examination process of a patent application which has been filed in one or more of the participating patent offices. USPTO is a member of Global Patent Prosecution Highway and IP5 PPH program. No additional fee has to be paid for applications seeking accelerated examination under PPH program. A PPH request has to be submitted via EFS-Web.
In furtherance to the above discussed processes for expediting prosecution, a patent application can be made special and patent prosecution can be accelerated on petition to make special based on:
The applicant’s age
The applicant’s health
The invention which enhances the quality of environment
The invention that contributes to the development or conservation of energy resources
The invention that contributes to counter-terrorism
You may refer to this link to get more insight on different ways to expedite examination of a patent application filed in US http://www.invntree.com/blogs/ways-to-expedite-examination-of-a-patent-application-filed-in-us