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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 the “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 using international work product produced by 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 the 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.

Example form in case of on-line procedure

  • All forms must be filled in Japanese.




Important points on procedures by submitting online

  • Document name must be identical in “The list of submitted documents” and “The name of the document” under “The list of attached documents”.
  • “The name of the document” must be 50 letters or shorter. Space key is not accepted for document name.

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[Last updated 7 January 2016]

 

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