Press release | 21.9.2009
Munich , 21 September 2009 -- 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 for an additional 12 months, effective as of 30 September 2009.
The PPH pilot programme was launched on 29 September 2008. The two Offices had agreed that the trial period for the programme would be one year ending on 29 September 2009, with the possibility to extend the pilot for an additional time period as appropriate and necessary in order to adequately assess the feasibility of the PPH programme.
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").
Updated requirements for participation in the EPO USPTO PPH pilot programme will soon be made available via the EPO website.
In addition, the EPO and the USPTO along with the JPO are considering a possible expansion of PPH eligibility requirements such as permitting PPH requests to be made on the basis of PCT international phase work. More information on these developments will be made available in due course.
Director, International Legal Affairs