The PTO’s goal of prioritized examination is to provide a final disposition on a patent application within twelve months of prioritized status being granted. The associated non-refundable fee is $4,800 which is in addition to all other pre-existing fees. This program is the latest in the PTO’s efforts to reduce the application backlog. Currently, the patent application process can take 3 years or more. The PTO is limited to accepting only 10,000 applications per year for prioritized examination. For more information click here: Prioritized Examination of Patents Begins at the USPTO.