Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Canadian Patent Update: Patent Prosecution Highway

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) comes into effect January 6, 2015 and runs for 3 years.  CIPO advises:

Under the new agreement, applicants whose claims have been found to be patentable by either the EPO or CIPO may request accelerated processing of their corresponding applications that are pending before the other office. A PPH request at CIPO can be made based on EPO national and Patent Cooperation Treaty work products, such as the written opinion of the International Searching Authority (WO-ISA), the written opinion of the International Preliminary Examination Authority (WO-IPEA) and the International Preliminary Report on Patentability (IPRP). In order to be eligible for entry onto the CIPO–EPO PPH, the CIPO application must have been filed or have entered the national phase at CIPO on or after the start date of the pilot agreement.

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