On February 15, a patent prosecution highway pilot program launched between the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). The new program allows applicants (from both countries) the opportunity to fast-track examination of their application if the invention is deemed patentable by either patent office. This PCT-PPH with the EAPO marks the 25th IP jurisdiction to form a partnership with Japan.
In order to file a request for accelerated examination, applicants must first satisfy one of the following requirements:
- Obtain the Written Opinion of an International Search Authority (WO/ISA);
- Obtain the Written Opinion of an International Preliminary Examination Authority (WO/IPEA); or
- Have at least one patentable claim as indicated by the International Preliminary Examination Report (IPER)
If one of the aforementioned requirements are met, the applicant can then file a request form with their home country’s patent office. Generally, several other documents must also be submitted as well. For a copy of these forms, go to WIPO‘s website.
As global patent filings continue to rise each year, so too does the backlog of applications in patent offices. For this reason, more countries are seeing the value of testing these PCT-PPH programs, allowing inventors to obtain a patent more quickly and companies to create a positive impact on regional economies.
For Your Information:
Requirements for filing a PCT in Japan
Requirements for filing a PCT in Eurasia