World Intellectual Property Organization

PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot (PCT-PPH)

PCT-PPH - one of many work-sharing initiatives

A number of bilateral agreements have been signed between patent Offices to promote work-sharing and enable patent applicants to request accelerated processing in the national phase, where patent examiners can make use of the work products from the other Office(s). These work products can include:

  • the written opinion of the International Searching Authority,
  • the written opinion of the International Preliminary Examining Authority, or
  • the international preliminary examination report issued within the framework of the PCT,

subject to certain conditions.

By requesting that their applications be processed under these agreements, applicants can generally obtain a final action more quickly before participating Offices.

Reusing search and examination results in this way facilitates the prosecution of patent applications. The decision about whether to grant a patent, however, remains under the control of the national or regional Offices.

For further information concerning forms and guidance on administrative procedures of each participating Office see:

AT Austrian Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China page 3, PDF  
  FI  Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) Form 
  JP Japan Patent Office   
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office PDF   
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office  
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products. 
     
AU Australian Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF  
This Office has a PCT-PPH  accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements PDF which do not include PCT work products.
     
CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Form
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
       
CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China has PCT-PPH agreements with:  
  AT Austrian Patent Office  Form
  DK Danish Patent and Trademark Office Form
  IL Israel Patent Office Guidelines/Form
  SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office Guidelines/Form
This Office participates in the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
       
CO Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Colombia) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  JP Japan Patent Office Guidelines/Form PDF
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
       
CZ Industrial Property Office (Czech Republic) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Form PDF
   
DK Danish Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:  
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China Form PDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
       
EA Eurasian Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF  Form 
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
EP European Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China  Form PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office  Form PDF
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)  Form PDF
  US  United States Patent and Trademark Office Form PDF
This Office participates in the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
     
ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) PDF Form [WORD]
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF Form [WORD]
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) PDF   
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) PDF Form [WORD]
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF Form [WORD]
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  AT Austrian Patent Office PDF Form [WORD]
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China Form [WORD]
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office PDF Form [WORD]
  IL Israel Patent Office PDF Form [WORD]
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF Form [WORD]
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) PDF Form [WORD]
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF Form [WORD]
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
 
GB Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom)* has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China Guidelines PDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
 
HU Hungarian Intellectual Property Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
       
ID Directorate General of Intellectual Property (Indonesia) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF Form [WORD]
   
IL Israel Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China  
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) [WORD Form [WORD]
  JP Japan Patent Office page 11, PDF  Form [WORD]
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) WORD  
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF Form [WORD]
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
   
IS Icelandic Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China Guidelines PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF  
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF  
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.  
   
JP  Japan Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  AT Austrian Patent Office  
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China PDF  
  EP European Patent Office  
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office  
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
  IL Israel Patent Office
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office 
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) PDF
  SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office  
  XN Nordic Patent Institute  
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway and the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilots.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
       
KR Korean Intellectual Property Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  AT Austrian Patent Office 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China PDF
  EP European Patent Office  Form PDF
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office 
  IL Israel Patent Office (ILPO)  
  JP Japan Patent Office 
  SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office 
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway and the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilots.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
MX Mexican Institute of Industrial Property has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China page 13, PDF
  JP Japan Patent OfficePDF
     
MY Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
   JP Japan Patent Office  Guidelines/Form PDF
 
NO Norwegian Industrial Property Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  JP Japan Patent Office
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office
This Office also participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
     
PH Intellectual Property Office (Philippines) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
   JP Japan Patent Office [WORD] Form [WORD]
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office (specific information not yet available)  
       
PL Patent Office of the Republic of Poland has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China Form PDF
   JP Japan Patent Office  Form PDF
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office* Form PDF
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
   
PT National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO)   
  JP Japan Patent Office  
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)   
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office  
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
   
RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
  JP Japan Patent Office   
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China Form PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF Form PDF
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office  
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF Form PDF
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
   
SG Intellectual Property Office of Singapore participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
   
US United States Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  AT Austrian Patent Office  Form PDF
  AU Australian Patent Office Form PDF
  CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office  Form PDF 
  CN State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China Form PDF 
  EP European Patent Office Form PDF
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office Form PDF
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) Form PDF
  IL Israel Patent Office  Form PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office Form PDF
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office Form PDF
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) Form PDF
  SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office Form PDF
  XN Nordic Patent Institute Form PDF
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office and participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway and the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilots. Form PDF
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
       
XN Nordic Patent Institute participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
       

The United Kingdom’s PCT (UK) Fast Track 

The United Kingdom’s PCT (UK) Fast Track system is not part of any PCT-PPH program but it allows applicants to request accelerated examination in the United Kingdom national phase if their international application has received a positive International Preliminary Report on Patentability (either Chapter I or Chapter II) regardless of which authority has issued that report.  This system  was relaxed on June 8, 2012, and now allows applicants to make changes to an international application, and still request accelerated examination in the UK.

User Experiences 

Submit PCT-PPH User Experiences 

  • The International Bureau invites PCT-PPH users to share their experience of using this accelerated procedure with other users.  Submitted strategies and experiences will be posted  online to assist other users in maximizing the benefits of this procedure.
    E-mail submissions to: pct.legal@wipo.int 

PPH General Information  

PPH Mottainai

Global Patent Prosecution Highway

    Offices participating in the Global PPH pilot are:
AU   Australian Patent Office
AT   Austrian Patent Office
CA   Canadian Intellectual Property Office
DK   Danish Patent and Trademark Office
ES   Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
FI   Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
GB   Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom)
HU   Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
IL   Israel Patent Office
IS   Icelandic Patent Office
JP   Japan Patent Office
KR   Korean Intellectual Property Office
NO   Norwegian Industrial Property Office
PT   National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal)
RU   Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation)  
SE   Swedish Patent and Registration Office  
SG   Intellectual Property Office of Singapore  
US   United States Patent and Trademark Office  
XN   Nordic Patent Institute  

    IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway

    • Offices participating in the IP5 PPH pilot are:

      CN   State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China
      EP   European Patent Office
      JP   Japan Patent Office
      KR   Korean Intellectual Property Office
      US   United States Patent and Trademark Office  

 

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