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Home > JPO Activities > Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) > Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) > Procedures to file a request using “REQUEST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY (PPH) PILOT PROGRAM” (Since August 1st, 2015 )

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Procedures to file a request using “REQUEST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY (PPH) PILOT PROGRAM” (Since August 1st, 2015 )

Japan Patent Office Administrative Affairs Division

When filing request for PPH with JPO, the Explanation of Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination described the necessary information for PPH request must be submitted.

Since August 1st, 2015, the JPO has commenced procedures to file a request using “REQUEST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY (PPH) PILOT PROGRAM” (PPH request form). To be more precise, PPH requests to the JPO using the PPH request form are filed by attaching image data of the PPH request form to a “Explanation of Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination.”※

Here, for your reference, examples and important points regarding preparation of “Explanation of Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination” using PPH request form are described.

The Web form supporting preparation of the PPH request form may be downloaded from the JPO Home Page. For more details on how to use Web form, please refer to “How to use the Web form supporting preparation of the PPH request form”.

Download the Web form supporting preparation of the PPH request form

How to use the Web form supporting preparation of the PPH request form(PDF:6.49MB)

※In the unlikely event that you have been unable to create a PPH request form image file, please directly describe, in the “Explanation of Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination,” the necessary information that is written in the PPH request form, and then submit it to the JPO. Please refer to the examples form.

Common important points on procedures by submitting online and documents on paper

  • All names of documents required to be submitted must be mentioned in either “VI. List of names of documents omitted for submission” of PPH request form or “List of submitted documents” of Explanation of Circumstances Concerning Accelerated Examination. Among the documents required to be submitted, none is allowed to omit entering the document name.

Example form in case of on-line procedure

  • All forms must be filled in Japanese.

<In case of normal PPH> -PPH request using the national work products from the OEE-

<In case of PCT-PPH> -PPH request using the PCT international work products-

<In case of normal PPH>  -PPH request using the national work products from the OEE-

  • PPH request is based on USPTO examination result, and corresponding applications are multiple




  • PPH request is based on EPO examination result, and documents submitted and omitted for submission are mixed





<In case of PCT-PPH> -PPH request using the PCT international work products-

  • PPH request is based on international work product produced by KIPO, and documents submission is omitted by citation of documents submitted previously



  • PPH request is based on international work product produced by SIPO, and national application number is not given and documents submitted and omitted for submission are mixed




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[Last updated 7 January 2016]

 

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