petition to make special. Patents. A petition asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to expedite a patent prosecution. • Special processing is available, for example, in favored areas of science (such as cancer research and energy conservation), where the inventor is sick or elderly, and where infringement is already taking place. [Cases: Patents  104. C.J.S. Patents §§ 145–147, 149–151, 173–175.]

[Blacks Law 8th]