PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots
More Offices join the Global PPH pilot
On 1 November 2014, the Austrian Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore signed up to the Global PPH (GPPH), bringing the number of Offices that have signed up to the pilot to 19.
It is recalled that under this pilot, it is possible for a request for accelerated processing to be made at any participating office based on work products (including, where applicable, a PCT written opinion from either the International Searching Authority or the International Preliminary Examination Authority, or an international preliminary report on patentability (IPRP) (Chapter II)), from any one of the other participating offices, provided that at least one claim has been found to be patentable by the office of earlier examination, and that any other applicable eligibility criteria are met. The pilot uses a single set of qualifying requirements and aims to simplify and improve the existing PPH network to make it more accessible to users.
For further information, including the eligibility requirements for making use of the GPPH pilot, see the Patent Prosecution Highway Portal Site at:
Information has also been published on the websites of the above-mentioned Offices at, respectively: