Global Patent Prosecution Highway simplifies existing network

Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot has launched on 6 January, 2014.

The offices involved in the Global PPH (GPPH) pilot are listed in AnnexA.

The GPPH pilot will allow patent applicants to request accelerated examination at any of the offices involved in the pilot if their claims have been found to be acceptable by any of the other offices involved in the pilot.

The pilot will use a single set of qualifying requirements and it aims to simplify and improve the existing PPH network so that it is more accessible to users.

Framework Provisions for the Global Patent Prosecution Highway System

  • In order to further improve the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system by enhancing its attractiveness to applicants and increasing associated efficiencies for intellectual property offices, the offices listed in the document titled 'Global Patent Prosecution Highway System Participating Offices' (Annex A ) have decided to participate in a Global PPH (GPPH) pilot arrangement according to the criteria set out in the document titled Global PPH Pilot Criteria (Annex B ) and with reference to the Global PPH Principles (Annex C ).
  • The GPPH pilot will commence on Monday 6th January 2014.
  • The participating offices will periodically evaluate and exchange information on the status and effectiveness of the GPPH pilot, and may consider modifying the GPPH pilot on the basis of the evaluation results.
  • New offices wishing to join the GPPH pilot can apply to join at one of two points in every year - on the 6th January or on the 6th July. In order to be eligible to join, an office must declare its interest in joining the GPPH to the Secretariat no later than two months before these dates in order to allow existing members time to prepare for the expansion of the GPPH network. Requests to join the GPPH should be accompanied by the standard letter (Annex G), provided on the Office's headed paper and signed by the Head of Office. The Secretariat will then circulate a copy of this letter to all other existing GPPH offices.
  • Offices wishing to participate in the pilot will, using the required format, provide the GPPH Secretariat with requested information including an outline of their patent application processes, quality assurance processes, and their examination practices, for consolidation into a comparative guide to practices at all participating offices.
  • This framework may be amended at any time with the consent of all the participating offices involved.
  • Offices participating in the pilot reserve the right to limit or end their participation in the GPPH pilot at any stage by giving written notice not less than one month prior to the date of withdrawal.
If your office is interested in joining the GPPH, or if you have questions about GPPH, please contact to the secretariat (Japan Patent Office)()

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