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Examination under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

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The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) is an initiative where you may request accelerated examination in one office based on the allowance of at least one claim in a corresponding application in another office.

With effect from 6th January 2014 , the pilot PPH program between us and the USPTO will be superseded by an agreement between IP Australia and sixteen other patent offices.  The program will be known as the Global Patent Prosecution Highway.

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) agreement is an extension of the original Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot to include sixteen additional countries.  The extension of the PPH program is part of our continued focus on strengthening international cooperation between overseas patent offices and ensuring maximum work-sharing potential.

The following patent offices / countries are participating in our GPPH agreement:

  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  • Icelandic Intellectual Property Office
  • Israel Patent 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
  • Swedish Patent and Registration Office
  • United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Under the GPPH pilot, an applicant receiving a ruling from either one of the participating National patent offices that at least one claim in a national application is allowable, could request that another participating office to fast track the examination of corresponding applications.

Work carried out under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is also included.  In this instance an applicant may request accelerated examination based on a written opinion or examination report (prepared by one of the participating national offices acting as an ISA/IPEA) for a corresponding PCT application that indicates at least one claim has novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability.

The "Mottainai" principle used in the original PPH pilot has been maintained.  This means that overseas applications can  be based on first filing in another Office such as France or Austria provided that both the Australian and overseas applications have the same priority date.

We will continue to evaluate the results of the GPPH program with the participating offices to determine if and how the program should be fully implemented.

The GPPH program is not a mechanism for requesting expedited examination of an AU application where IP Australia was the International Searching Authority (ISA) or International Preliminary Examination Authority and the PCT application is an Australian PCT application.  Instead you should consider the routine request for expedited examination .

Global Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to IP Australia

Global Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to participating offices

More information on the Global Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to participating offices is available on their respective websites.

Additional information on the Global Patent Prosecution Highway is available on the GPPH portal hosted by the Japanese Patent Office.

Last Updated: 05/3/2014

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