Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

The European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office today announced that they intend to extend the trial period for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Programme until 28 January 2012, effective as of 1 October 2010.

The PPH programme enables an applicant whose claims have been determined to be patentable/allowable in the Office of First Filing (OFF) to have the corresponding application filed in the Office of Second Filing (OSF) advanced out of turn for examination while at the same time allowing the OSF to exploit the work results of the OFF (see notice "Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programme between the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office").

Contact

Eugen Stohr
Director, International Legal Affairs
international_legal_affairs@epo.org

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