PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot (PCT-PPH and Global PPH)

PCT-PPH - one of many worksharing initiatives

A number of bilateral agreements have been signed between patent Offices to promote worksharing 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.

Global Patent Prosecution Highway

Under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (Global PPH) pilot, a request for accelerated processing can be made at any participating office based on work products, including PCT work products, from any one of the other participating offices under unified criteria.

    Offices participating in the Global PPH pilot are:
AT   Austrian Patent Office
AU   Australian Patent Office
CA   Canadian Intellectual Property Office
CO Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Colombia)
DE   German Patent and Trade Mark Office
DK   Danish Patent and Trademark Office
EE   Estonian Patent 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
NZ Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
PL Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
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  
XV Visegrad Patent Institute

IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway

    Offices participating in the IP5 PPH pilot are:
CN   National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)
EP   European Patent Office
JP   Japan Patent Office
KR   Korean Intellectual Property Office
US   United States Patent and Trademark Office

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

PROSUR-PPH

Information about PPH-PROSUR PDF *

Bilateral PCT-PPH Agreements

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 National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) (page 3)  Guidelines PDF
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:
  EP European Patent Office  Form PDF
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office. 
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
 
       
CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile)  Guidelines/Form
CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)
  EP European Patent Office Guidelines/Form
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office. 
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
Guidelines/Form
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office  Guidelines PDF
CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines PDF
JP Japan Patent Office Guidelines PDF
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Guidelines PDF
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office. Guidelines PDF
       
CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  AT Austrian Patent Office Form
CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office
CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) Form
ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office Form
FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) Form
  IL Israel Patent Office Form
RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) Form
  SE Swedish Patent and Registration Office Form
SG Intellectual Property Office of Singapore 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:
  CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile)  Guidelines PDF
  EP European Patent Office  Guidelines PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office Guidelines PDF
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.
       
CZ Industrial Property Office (Czechia) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines/Form
  JP Japan Patent Office Guidelines/Form
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Guidelines/Form
   
DE German Patent and Trade Mark Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines/Form
 This Office also has a PPH agreement which does not include PCT work products.  
DK Danish Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: Guidelines/Form
BR National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil) Guidelines PDF
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Form PDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
       
EA Eurasian Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
EP European Patent Office 
  JP Japan Patent Office GuidelinesPDF/Form 
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
EE Estonian Patent Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines/Forms
       
EP European Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  AU Australian Patent Office  
  CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office Form PDF
  IL Israel Patent Office Form PDF
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation) Form PDF
  SG Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Form PDF
This Office participates in the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Form PDF
     
ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  FI Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) Form WORD
  JP Japan Patent Office Form WORD
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) 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: 
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Form
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a PPH agreement which does not include PCT work products.
 
GB Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
BR National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil) Guidelines PDF / Form WORD
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines PDF / Form WORD
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines PDF / Form WORD

In addition, the United Kingdom’s PCT (UK) Fast Track system 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.

 
HU Hungarian Intellectual Property Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
  CN  National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Form PDF
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 National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)  
  EP European Patent Office PDF Guidelines PDF
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office.
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. PDF
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 National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines/FormsPDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.  
   
JP Japan Patent Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) Guidelines/Form 
This Office has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office.
This office 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:
This Office also a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office.
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway  (Guidelines/Form).
This Office participates in the IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (Guidelines/Form) 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:
AT Austrian Patent Office Guidelines PDF
  CA Canadian Intellectual Property Office Guidelines PDF
CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) Guidelines PDF
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines PDF
  EP European Patent Office Guidelines PDF/Forms PDF
  ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office Guidelines PDF
  JP Japan Patent Office  
SG Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Guidelines PDF
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Guidelines PDF
     
MY Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
EP European Patent Office
  JP Japan Patent Office  Guidelines/Form PDF
 
NI Registry of Intellectual Property (Nicaragua)
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office  
       
NO Norwegian Industrial Property Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
This Office also participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines/Form 
     
NZ Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines
   
PE National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru)
  CL National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) PDF  
JP Japan Patent Office  Guidelines PDF
       
PH Intellectual Property Office (Philippines) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
EP European Patent Office  Guidelines PDF/FormPDF
  JP Japan Patent Office Form WORD
KR Korean Intellectual Property Office Guidelines WORD
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office
 
       
PL Patent Office of the Republic of Poland has PCT-PPH agreements with:   
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Form PDF
This Office also participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
Guidelines/Form
   
PT National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)  GuidelinesPDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
   
RO State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (Romania) has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  JP Japan Patent Office Guidelines/Form
US United States Patent and Trademark Office Guidelines/Form
   
RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)
  EP European Patent Office   
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines/Form
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 National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines/Form
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office.
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
Guidelines/Form
   
SG Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  CN National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA) Guidelines PDF
  EP European Patent Office PDF
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot. Guidelines/Form PDF
   
US United States Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with:
  BR National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) (Brazil) Form PDF/FAQs PDF
CL National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) Form PDF/FAQs PDF
This Office also has a PCT-PPH accelerated examination procedure using PCT work products prepared by the Office.
This Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution HighwayPDF pilot.
This Office participates in the IP5 Patent Prosecution HighwayPDF pilot.
Form PDF/FAQs PDF
Guidelines PDF/FAQs PDF
Guidelines PDF/FAQs PDF
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.