The United States Patent Office (USPTO) and the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that made permanent the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the two nations. In place since 2010, the PPH allows work sharing between the two offices and expedites examination for eligible applicants. Under the PPH, an application containing claims deemed to be patentable in one office qualifies the corresponding application in the other office for accelerated examination.
“This Memorandum of Understanding marks a significant milestone of achievement in patent cooperation between our two offices,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David Kappos. “It will promote high quality patents and expedite processing of applications in both offices by avoiding duplicative work and provide greater costs savings to applicants which will help to spur greater innovation and generate greater economic growth and job creation in both countries.”
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