Yes, it is possible to fast-track UK patent applications if you can provide a plausible reason for the request, e.g. you are aware that a competitor is about to launch a similar product. If the invention relates to ‘green’ or environmentally-friendly technology, this will be sufficient reason to support a request to fast-track an application.
You can request an application be accelerated in various ways:
- Accelerated search
- Accelerated combined search and examination
- Accelerated publication
- Accelerated examination
Requesting accelerated combined search and examination is often a good option. If the results are favourable, and you want the patent to proceed to grant as soon as possible, this can be followed up by a request for accelerated publication.
Requesting acceleration does not generally cost more but brings the costs forward.