January 2020 | No. 01/2020


PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT‑PPH) Pilots

New one‑way PCT PPH pilot program (Peru and the European Patent Office)

On 2 January 2020, a new one‑way PCT‑PPH pilot program started between the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) (INDECOPI) and the European Patent Office (EPO).  Under this program, accelerated processing in the national phase before INDECOPI 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 the EPO 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:


The PCT‑PPH page of the PCT website has been updated to include information on this new pilot (www.wipo.int/pct/en/filing/pct_pph.html).