The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (Global PPH or GPPH) is a plurilateral PPH pilot program covering three types of PPH. The program makes the Normal PPH, the PPH MOTTAINAI, and the PCT-PPH available between any two participating Offices.
Since the start of the bilareral PPH, users had requested the standardization of office-specific requirements to make the PPH more accessible.
To improve user convenience, Plurilateral PPH Heads of Office Meetings and Working-Level Meetings had been ongoing since February 2009, resulting in the launch of the Global PPH pilot among 17 Offices in January 2014.
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) currently serves as the Secretariat of the Global PPH.
Global PPH participating Offices
As of July 6, 2020, 27 Offices have participated in the program.
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 (189KB)) 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 (111KB) and with reference to the "Global PPH Principles" (Annex C (117KB)).
- 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 (25KB)), 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.
For request procedures and requirements, see the website of the relevant Office.
A list of requirements of all participating Offices (as of March 2016) is available.
Inquiries about the Global PPH: Secretariat (JPO)