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PPH pilot program between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP)

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) commenced the PPH pilot program on 1 June 2013.

The JPO and the DGIP have agreed to launch PPH-MOTTAINAI, which covers a wider range of cases. The pilot period is scheduled to end on December 31, 2023, but will be extended as needed.

【Notice of Change】

  • The Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP) has made the below change to the filing requirements for a PPH request, effective March 1, 2017.
    Thus far, a PPH request has been accepted by the DGIP anytime, however, an applicant is now required to file a PPH request at least 6 months from the publication date due to this change.
    Please visit our website below for the JPO’s revised PPH guidelines and PPH request Form.
  • As from May 2019, the DGIP requires the applicants to pay additional fees for PPH requests. For details about the additional fees, please refer to the link below.
  • From January 2021, PPH-MOTTAINAI has been available for this pilot program. (However, the first office must be JPO or DGIP)

How to make a request

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

Link

JKT2.0

Link to the DGIP’s fee page ( External link )

Japanese Page

[Last updated 15 March 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