EPO Acceleration Grant Procedure

How to get a granted EP patent within less than one year?

We all know that it takes in average between three (3) and five (5) years after filing a European Patent application to get a granted EP patent.

But that long time does not need to be. If you invest an extra effort, this long time to grant can be brought down to less than a year.

It was only after a meeting with Director Mr. Michel Goudelis, Mr. Marcus Rabe, and Mr. Marcus Kahl – all of European Patent Office EPO – back in 2017 that I got the idea and major inputs for creating my EP Track One acceleration package. I have since then improved and improved my approach and I have now – in January 2022 – recorded a corresponding course for my website.

By using my course you can run accelerated prosecution yourself, without my help. My course comes with a screencast explainer video and with a set of slides that you can show to your clients.  You can find the slides for each lesson on Slideshare (click here)  or you download them from my website here.

The complete course with seven (7) detailed and comprehensive lessons is listed below.


The “less than one year” claim does not apply to first filings of EP patents at the European Patent Office (EPO). This is because EPO does not grant patents before a time period of 18 months after the earliest priority date. This is done in order to be able to take unpublished prior art according to A54(3) into account, see https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/html/guidelines/e/c_iv_7_1.htm

Thank you, Mr. Martin Köppl, EPO, for the valuable hint!


This course „Accelerating Patent Prosecution at the EPO” is intended as advanced training for Lawyers and Patent Attorneys. This course is NOT intended for laymen and self-filers.

The EPO operation procedures are fail-safe and intended to prevent unintended loss of rights, even for inexperienced applicants and inventors. By applying the teachings of this course, you deliberately cut away some safety nets. You may incur unwanted delays or even losses of rights if you do not know what you are doing.