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July-August 2016 | No. 07-08/2016

 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots

New two‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program

On 1 July 2016, a new two‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program started between the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) and the European Patent Office.  Under this program, accelerated processing in the national phase in one country 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 Office of the other country in its capacity as ISA/IPEA.

For further information, see:

https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/patents/applying-patent/standard-patent-application-process/examination-standard-patent/ipa-epo-pph

http://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2016/06/a54.html

New one‑way PCT‑PPH pilot programs

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property has notified the International Bureau that the following Offices should be added to the list of International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities with which it has a PCT‑PPH pilot program in operation:

– Canadian Intellectual Property Office

– Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

– United States Patent and Trademark Office

Under these programs, accelerated processing in the national phase in Mexico is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the ISA or the IPEA, or a positive IPRP (Chapter II), issued by one of the above‑mentioned Offices.  Further information is available at:

http://www.impi.gob.mx/servicios/patentes/Paginas/ProgramadelProcedimientoAceleradodePatentes(PPH).aspx

Furthermore, on 1 July 2016, within the framework of a joint declaration of the Intellectual Property Offices of the Pacific Alliance, the following Offices started a one‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program with the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile):

– Mexican Institute of Industrial Property

– National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) (INDECOPI)

– Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Colombia)

Further information on the use of these PCT‑PPH pilot programs is available at:

http://www.inapi.cl/portal/publicaciones/608/w3-propertyvalue-911.html

http://www.impi.gob.mx/servicios/patentes/Paginas/ProgramadelProcedimientoAceleradodePatentes(PPH).aspx

https://www.indecopi.gob.pe/documents/20791/368017/Lineamiento+PPH+Peru-AP.pdf/ae4a05ad-f3ec-4e41-ac19-f0e865443906

http://www.sic.gov.co/drupal/sites/default/files/files/guia_de_colombia_pph2016(1).pdf

The PCT‑PPH page of the PCT website will be updated shortly to include information on these new pilots at:

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

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