Korea/Japan: PCT-PPH between Korea and Japan will start on 1 July

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The International Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) between Korea and Japan will be officially launched simultaneously in both countries on 1 July 2012.

Under the PCT-PPH, applications entering the national phase in Korea or Japan will be given preferential examination in case they received a positive result by the office of the other country during the international preliminary examination before. According to KIPO, the first action examination period for these applications is expected to be shortened considerably:

  • for applications entering the national phase in Japan after international preliminary examination by KIPO:  from 26.3 months down to 1.9 months
  • for applications entering the national phase in Korea after international preliminary examination by JPO: from 16.8 months down to 2.2 months.

After the conclusion of the agreement with Korea, Japan has PCT-PPH with all other IP5 offices (SIPO, KIPO, USPTO, EPO). Korea is executing PCT-PPH with the JPO, SIPO and USPTO.

For further information, please refer to KIPO news dated 7 June 2012 and JPO News release dated 5 June 2012.

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