November 19, 2013
In January of 2014 Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program is to begin its operation.

On January 6, 2014 Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program will begin its operation and replace the existing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). Under the GPPH, the various types of available PPH programs are harmonized so as to provide a framework among the member countries.

The program involves 13 Intellectual Property Agencies, i.e. Australia (IP Australia), Canada (CIPO), Denmark (DKPTO), Finland (NBPR), Japan (JPO), Korea (KIPO), Norway (NIPO), Portugal (INPI), Russia (ROSPATENT), Spain (SPTO), the UK (UKIPO), the U.S. (USPTO) and the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI).

GPPH pilot program will enable the applicant to apply for an accelerated examination in any of the agencies that are included in this program, if the claims of the corresponding application on the invention were found to be patentable by any other agency that participates in this program.

The pilot program will use GPPH uniform requirements that will simplify and improve the existing PPH program so that it is more accessible to users.

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