In addition to the accelerated examination process Daniel lists, there are several other ways to expedite the patent process. These are available by filing a Petition to Make Special, but it requires you to fit one of a very limited number of circumstances. The most common are petitions based on age (65 or older), infringement (someone is currently producing or using your invention AFTER you invented it), and manufacturing (you have a contract for a quantity of the items and resources to...