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Home > JPO Activities > Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) > Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) > PPH pilot program between the JPO and the DPMA > Commencement of PPH MOTTAINAI (patent prosecution highway pilot program with relaxed requirements) Pilot Program between the JPO and the DPMA

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Commencement of PPH MOTTAINAI (patent prosecution highway pilot program with relaxed requirements) Pilot Program between the JPO and the DPMA

The JPO and the DPMA agreed that they would commence the “PPH MOTTAINAI*”(patent prosecution highway pilot program with relaxed requirements) pilot program in November 2012.

*: PPH MOTTAINAI

This program is designed to allow patent applicants to file requests for an accelerated examination under the PPH with regard to applications that have been assumed as patentable by one of the participating patent offices, regardless of which office the application was first filed with. The PPH programs to date, accepted only PPH requests based on the examination results of the Office of First Filing, or the patent office with which the corresponding application was filed first. This restriction on PPH requests has created a “wasteful” (mottainai in Japanese) situation where useful examination outcomes are not fully utilized at the international level. Thus the pilot program was named “PPH MOTTAINAI.”

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[Last updated 29 November 2012]

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