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Patent Prosecution Highway using PCT international work products

Examination Policy Planning Office

The JPO has commenced the PPH programs using the PCT international work products (PCT-PPH) on pilot basis since 29 January 2010.

Under these programs, an accelerated examination can be requested using a written opinion established by certain International Searching Authorities (WO/ISA), a written opinion established by certain International Preliminary Examining Authorities (WO/IPEA) or an international preliminary examination report (IPER) established by certain International Preliminary Examining Authorities.

Request for PPH

Major requirements for the participation in PCT-PPH

  • (1)At least one claim is determined/indicated to be allowable/patentable*1 in WO/ISA, WO/IPEA*2 or IPER
  • (2)All claims on file for examination under the PCT-PPH sufficiently correspond to those claims determined/indicated to be allowable/patentable in WO/ISA, WO/IPEA*2 or IPER.
  • (3)Examination of the application which the PCT-PPH is requested for has not begun. (This requirement doesn’t exist in some offices.)

*1 Claim(s) are indicated to have novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability (See each guideline where any observation is described in Box Ⅷ). See guidelines below for further details.

*2 Not eligible when filing with the EPO.

How to make a request

Guidelines (Requirements and procedure in detail) and Request form

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[Last updated 27 December 2013]

Contact

Examination Policy Planning Office

Administrative Affairs Division

Patent and Design Examination Department

Japan Patent Office

Tel: +81-3-3581-1101 (ex. 3103)

E-mail: PA2260@jpo.go.jp