Israel Patent Office Launches PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

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In past postings, we discussed bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs allowing an applicant to fast track an application in one jurisdiction based on a favorable finding of the claims in a corresponding application in another jurisdiction. For many applicants, the PPH is an effective way to reduce examination time and patent fees.

On August 1, 2013, a unilateral PCT-PPH pilot program commenced within the Israel Patent Office (ILPO). Under this program, an applicant can fast track his/her national stage application in Israel based on 1) a positive written opinion from either the International Searching Authority or the International Preliminary Examination Authority, or 2) a favorable International Preliminary Report on Patentability, issued by the ILPO.

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Hello everyone.  WIPO released their first PCT Newsletter for January 2014 and we have compiled some highlights for your consideration.

Four more Offices have signed up to pilot the PCT Patent Prosecution Highway, bringing the number of participating Offices to 17.  The four most recent countries to join the Global PPH Pilot are as follows:

  1. The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  2. Icelandic Patent Office
  3. Israel Patent Office
  4. Swedish Patent & Registration Office

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The Patent Prosecution Highway Goes Global

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In previous articles, we’ve reported on developments regarding Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. In a nutshell, PPH

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programs are bilateral agreements between countries wherein an allowed or granted patent in one country would allow the applicant to fast-track examination of the corresponding application in another country, assuming that certain requirements are met. There are numerous benefits to PPH programs and their proliferation and use have grown significantly in recent years. For the applicant, electing the PPH shortens pendency time and increases the likelihood of grant. For patent offices, workload is reduced since the earlier patent office presumably has performed much of the “heavy lifting” associated with examination.

Recently, it was announced that a Global Patent Prosecution Highway will come into effect on January 6, 2014. The Global PPH will involve 13 patent offices and will follow a single set of requirements, thus simplifying the numerous bilateral PPH programs currently in place around the world. The 13 member offices are IP Australia, Canadian IP Office, Danish Patent & Trademark Office, National Board of Patents & Registration of Finland, Japan Patent Office, Korean IP Office, Nordic Patent Institute, Norwegian Industrial Property Office, Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property, Russian Federal Service for IP, Spanish Patent & Trademark Office, United Kingdom IP Office, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

More details on the Global PPH Program can be found here.

Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Hi everyone! Each month, we comb through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news affecting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. You can check out some of these updates below:

Poland (PL)

As of October 2013, any patent attorney registered to practice before the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland may act as an agent.

International Bureau (IB)

As from January 1st, 2014, there will be the following fee changes payable to the IB as a receiving office:

  • Transmittal fee: EUR 81, USD 111

  • Priority document: USD 55

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everybody! Here are some of the foreign filing stories we’ve gathered from the first week of March:

  • The EPO broke down statistics from a record-breaking 2012, highlighting the historical significance of the new unitary patent.
  • Three judges began work this week at Denver’s newly-opened satellite patent office.
  • A new patent prosecution highway program launched between the patent offices of Japan and Eurasia.
  • Samsung led the world in European patent filings in 2012, with “digital communication” patents as a group increasing by over 20%.
  • inovia news: We added many new countries to our global network over the past few months. For a complete list of the jurisdictions we cover, click here.

Have a nice weekend and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

New PCT Patent Prosecution Highway Between Japan and Eurasia

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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.

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