PPH pilot with Chile launched


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The European Patent Office (EPO) and National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme on 11 July 2023. It entered into force on 1 June 2024 and will run for a period of three years, ending on 31 May 2027 with the possibility of adapting en route based on mutual consent.

The EPO's PPH portfolio

This is an addition to the EPO’s current PPH programmes established with:

  • the IP5 offices (the grouping of the world's five largest IP offices, made up of the European Patent Office (EPO),
  • the Japan Patent Office (JPO),
  • the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO),
  • the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNIPA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)), as well as with
  • the national patent offices of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.