Examination under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway
From 6th January 2014, Australia will join the Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot.
Inventors can benefit from fast tracked examination in thirteen countries. The Global PPH pilot commences 6 January 2014 and replaces the existing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).
Certain conditions apply. An applicant with at least one claim allowable in an originating office can request fast tracked examination at any other participating office.
The pilot will include work in the national context and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The following offices are participating:
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
- Danish Patent and Trademark Office
- National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland
- Japan Patent Office
- Korean Intellectual Property Office
- Nordic Patent Institute
- Norwegian Industrial Property Office
- Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property
- Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property
- Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
- United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
- United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Since 2008, IP Australia and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have conducted a bilateral PPH pilot. Worldwide, the number of bilateral arrangements has grown significantly. This is unsustainable for both IP offices and applicants.
The Global PPH identifies a common set of principles. Applicants will have a common framework when requesting expedited examination. These arrangements may be faster than normal expediting methods in each country.
Our involvement in the pilot continues our focus on strengthening international cooperation and maximising work-sharing potential.
Global PPH pilot requirements and procedures will be made available prior to the commencement of the program. We will continue to evaluate the Global PPH pilot to determine if and how the program should be fully implemented.
See more information on GPPH at the Japanese Patent Office portal.
Last Updated: 23/11/2013