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Highway pilot between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China

Monday, June 03, 2013
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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has announced a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project between CIPO and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China which will commence on September 1, 2013, for a period of two years. This agreement is similar to CIPO's other PPH agreements. The PPH allows a patent applicant to request the CIPO for accelerated examination of a patent application that meets certain criteria to be advanced out of turn for examination if there is at least one corresponding application in a foreign patent office that Canada has a PPH program with that has one or more claims that were found to be allowable.

In addition to the PPH pilot project, a Memorandum of Understanding which enhances cooperation between the two offices was signed on May 31, 2013. As a result of this enhanced cooperation, CIPO examiners will now have access to China's Traditional Chinese Medicine Database

See the link below for further information:

http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr03658.html

By Kay Palmer

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