As of 15 April 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a pilot program to fast track ex parte appeals for COVID-related inventions. Ex parte appeal proceedings are used to appeal an Examiner’s rejection of a patent application before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The goal is for a decision to be issued within six months of entry into the pilot program. A maximum of 500 petitions for fast-track appeal will be granted under the pilot program.
Read more here.