World Intellectual Property Organization

PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot (PCT-PPH)

A number of bilateral agreements have been signed between patent Offices to enable patent applicants to request a fast-track examination procedure where patent examiners can make use of the work products from the other Office(s). These work products can include positive results of 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.  By requesting that their applications be processed under this procedure, applicants can generally obtain patents more quickly before participating Offices. For further information concerning forms and 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  National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland Form 
  JP Japan Patent Office   
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office PDF   
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office  
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 GPPH 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 GPPH 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
  FI National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland Form
  JP  Japan Patent Office Form
  KR Korean Intellectual Property Office Form
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) PDF Form  
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office Form
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
  JP  Japan Patent Office Form PDF
  IL Israel Patent Office Form PDF
  RU Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) Form PDF
  US  United States Patent and Trademark Office  Form PDF
This Office also participates in the GPPH 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: 
  JP Japan Patent Office  Form PDF
  US  United States Patent and Trademark Office Form PDF
     
ES Spanish Patent and Trademark Office has PCT-PPH agreements with: 
  FI National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland 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 GPPH pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
     
FI National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland 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 GPPH pilot.
This Office also has a number of PPH agreements which do not include PCT work products.
 
GB Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom) participates in the GPPH pilot.
       
HU Hungarian Intellectual Property Office participates in the GPPH 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:
  FI National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland [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 GPPH 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: 
   JP Japan Patent Office PDF  
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office PDF  
This Office participates in the GPPH 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 National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland
  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 GPPH pilot.
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
  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 GPPH pilot.
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
     
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 GPPH 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:   
   JP Japan Patent 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 (specific information not yet available)  
This Office participates in the GPPH 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 National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland
  JP Japan Patent Office PDF  Form [WORD]
  US United States Patent and Trademark Office
This Office participates in the GPPH 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: 
  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 GPPH 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   
  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 National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland 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 GPPH pilot. 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 GPPH 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 

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