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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:
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.