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November 2018 | No. 11/2018

 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT PPH) Pilots

New two‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program (Chile and United States of America)

A new PCT‑PPH pilot program began on 1 November 2018 between the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Under this pilot, accelerated processing in the national phase in Chile and/or the United States of America 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), issued by the other participating Office in its capacity as ISA/IPEA.  Note that the program is also available on the basis of national work products.

Further information on the PCT‑PPH agreement between INAPI and the USPTO is available at:

https://www.inapi.cl/patentes/para-informarse?acordeon=12

https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/international-protection/patent-prosecution-highway/patent-prosecution-13

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

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

New one‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program (Eurasian Patent Office and the Republic of Korea)

On 1 January 2019, a new one‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program will start between the Eurasian Patent Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).  Under this program, accelerated processing in the regional phase before the Eurasian Patent Organization is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the ISA or the IPEA, or a positive international preliminary report on patentability (IPRP) (Chapter II), issued by KIPO in its capacity as ISA/IPEA.  Note that the program is also available on the basis of national work products.

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

https://www.eapo.org/pdf/home/international/2018/KIPO_PPH_en_20181004.pdf

The PCT‑PPH page of the PCT website will be updated on 1 January 2019 to include information on this new pilot (https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/filing/pct_pph.html).

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