Back on October 10, 2011, the patent offices of China and Germany agreed to create a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between them. This PPH program, which came into effect on January 23, 2012, is a bilateral work-sharing initiative whereby an applicant in one country can request expedited examination in the other country based on a corresponding application having at least one allowed claim.
As patent offices worldwide struggle with an increasing backlog of cases, PPH programs help reduce some of that overflow by significantly reducing examination time. Participants also benefit by obtaining final decisions on their applications much sooner than by proceeding through normal examination channels.
More information on the PPH can be found on our blog here.
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