A design patent may take one year or more to issue (although half of the applications issue in less than a year). An applicant can speed things along — that is, obtain a design patent within two to six months — by filing a Request for Expedited Examination of a Design Patent and paying a hefty fee. Here’s an article about the expedited system. You can learn more about design patent strategy in this article and we explain the steps for preparing an application in this section of our site. You can learn current fees at the USPTO website.