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April 2018 | No. 04/2018

 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilot Programs

New two‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program (National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) – State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China)

On 1 January 2018, a new two-way PCT‑PPH pilot program started between the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China) (SIPO).  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.

Further information on the above‑mentioned PCT‑PPH agreements is available at:

https://www.inapi.cl/portal/publicaciones/608/w3-article-11454.html

http://www.sipo.gov.cn/ztzl/zlscgslpphzl/pphzn/1110649.htm

Extension of existing PPH pilot program to include PCT work products (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore – SIPO)

The already‑existing PPH pilot program between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and SIPO was extended to include the use of PCT work products on 1 September 2017.  This means that 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.

Further information on the above‑mentioned PCT‑PPH agreements is available at:

https://www.ipos.gov.sg/protecting-your-ideas/patent/application-process/expedite-filing-to-countries-outside-SG

http://www.sipo.gov.cn/ztzl/zlscgslpphzl/pphzn/1110648.htm

The PCT-PPH page of the PCT website has been updated accordingly at:

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

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