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Patent application time

How long does it usually take to get a patent? 
There is no set time limit for obtaining a patent. Some patents may issue very quickly (within one year of filing the patent application), while others may take several years before they issue.

Recent statistics from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office indicate that on average it takes about 31 months from the filing date for a utility patent to issue. Design patents generally take approximately 12 to 18 months to issue. 
Brain Trust contributor: David J. Dawsey Intellectual Property Attorney Gallagher & Dawsey Co. LPA
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