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December 2014 | No. 12/2014

 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots

New pilot starts between the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

On 1 November 2014, a new one-way PCT-PPH pilot program started between the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Under this pilot, faster examination in the national phase in Poland is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the International Searching Authority (ISA) or the International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA), or a positive international preliminary report on patentability (IPRP) (Chapter II) (that is, where at least one of the claims has been determined as patentable) issued by the USPTO in its capacity as ISA/IPEA.

Further information on this PCT-PPH program is available at:

http://www.uprp.pl/uprp-uspto/Lead05,813,10310,4,index,pl,text/

This means that the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland now has PCT-PPH arrangements with the Japan Patent Office, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the USPTO.

The PCT-PPH page of the PCT website has been updated to include information on this new pilot at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/filing/pct_pph.html

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