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Outline of the Patent Prosecution Highway Plus (PPH Plus) program

Purpose and Outline of the PPH Plus

The Patent Prosecution Highway Plus (PPH Plus) is a framework on the basis of the agreement between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and other foreign intellectual property (IP) offices that allows applicants who are rights holders of patents at the JPO to acquire patent rights promptly for their same inventions at other foreign IP offices in light of examination results by requesting to other foreign IP offices. This framework is aimed to promote for utilization of examination results of Japan in other foreign IP offices and enable applicants to acquire patents rights for the same inventions registered at the JPO in other foreign IP offices promptly by using PPH Plus.

August 28, 2017, the Japan Patent Office agreed with the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) on this cooperation. This cooperation started on October 1, 2017.

PPH plus flowchart

Application Procedures for PPH (Guidlines)

Guidelines for Brunei PPH Plus (Japanese(PDF:857KB)) (English(PDF:870KB)) (Revised in January 2021)

[Last updated 28 January 2021]

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