Certain applications are entitled to be treated specially during the examination process. Such applications are made special by being advanced out of turn during the application process. This is accomplished by filing a “petition to make special.”

The petition to make special can also be used to request accelerated examination if the application has not been examined. However, the accelerated examination procedure only applies to applications that are filed after August 25, 2006, and whose applicants have complied with other conditions.

Please note that a petition to make special does not substantively affect the examination process. A petition to make special may or may not require a fee, depending upon the grounds.