USPTO’s internal standard for deciding PPH petitions is to try to attend to each petition with two months of when it was filed. But the Office is falling behind. What can you do?
The last time I asked USPTO about this kind of backlog, which was about two years ago, the Office cheerfully explained that if you want your PPH petition decided promptly, you can file a second petition. This second petition is a petition under Rule 182, with a fee of $400 (smaller for small or micro entities), to ask that the PPH petition be decided promptly.
Anyway after we filed half a dozen of these $400 petitions, USPTO somehow allocated enough resources to the problem that PPH petitions were again being attended to promptly. That was a couple of years ago. But now USPTO has fallen behind again.
It sort of misses the point of PPH if USPTO fails to take up the PPH petitions promptly, seems to me.