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Published: 
20 June 2022

Following the success of the pilot phase, IP Australia and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to continue the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program.

Making the program ongoing means Australian applicants can continue to request fast-track examination of their corresponding patents filed with the EPO, the 2nd most popular destination for Australian patent filings overseas. The IP Australia-EPO PPH program covers both Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Paris Route applications.

Through this, IP Australia and the EPO are able to use the work previously done by the other office.

You can find more information about the IP Australia-EPO PPH program including requirements and procedures.