Friday, February 1, 2013

New PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) pilot project between CIPO and the USPTO

Friday, February 01, 2013
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office announced yesterday that it will commence a PCT-PPH pilot agreement with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  This pilot agreement ends January 30, 2015. 

The link to the announcement is:

As discussed in a previous Canadian Intellectual Property blog, the PPH (patent prosecution highway) allows an Applicant, who is in receipt of a decision from one Patent Office that at least one claim in a patent application is patentable, may request that the other Patent Office fast-track examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications.  The PCT-PPH program allows for fast-tracked examination based on the examination of the application at the international stage.

By: Kay Palmer