Start of PPH programme between Russian and European Patent Offices

February 1, 2017

As of February 1, 2017, the bilateral PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) programme between Russian Patent Office (Rospatent) and the European Patent Office (EPO) starts its functioning.

Now an applicant can make a PPH request to Rospatent based on the national/international work products as for patentability discovered by EPO and vice versa. Acceptance of examination results by both EPO and Rospatent leverages examination in accelerated manner. Requesting acceleration under the PPH program at the Russian Patent Office allows reducing the prosecution time for conducting the substantive examination in approx. 1.5 times.

Rospatent accepts documents related to a PPH request in both Russian and English languages. However, claims determined to be patentable must have sufficient translation into Russian.

Thus, we recommend considering a possibility to apply for accelerated patent prosecution in the Russian Patent Office for new applications or those where the substantive examination has not started yet.

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