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PPH pilot program between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Institute of Industrial property of Brazil (INPI)

The PPH program starts accepting more requests on January 1, 2021

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) started a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program on April 1, 2017 that accepted applications in a limited range of technical fields, and removed the limitation on technical fields on December 1, 2019.

On January 1, 2021, the two Offices will further relax some limitations including a limitation on the number of PPH requests accepted annually by the INPI. The changes are as follows:

  until December 31, 2020 from January 1, 2021
Limitation on total number of requests accepted by the INPI(under all the PPH programs implemented by the INPI) 400 requests/year
(100 requests/year for each IPC section)
600 requests/year
(150 requests/year for each IPC section)
Limitation on number of requests accepted by the INPI per applicant One request/month One request/week
Limitation on first application
(for requests filed with the INPI based on JPO’s examination results)
The first application should have been filed with the JPO or the INPI. A request is acceptable if the first application was filed with the INPI or any Office implementing the PPH with the INPI.

How to make a request

Guidelines (Requirements and procedures in detail) and Request form for Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

Link

Link to the INPI's PPH page (External link)

Press Release

Japanese Page

[Last updated 21 April 2021]

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