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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program.

The SPTO (Spanish Patent and Trademark Office) has launched a number of bilateral agreements with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Canada (CIPO) and Japan (JPO) which have entered into force on October 1st 2010.

These agreements will allow the exchange of information between offices, avoid the duplication of efforts and streamline the granting procedures, contributing therefore to provide a better service to patent applicants.

This type of agreements known as Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) will allow an applicant who has filed a patent application at the USPTO, CIPO or JPO (Office of First Filing) and has got a positive patentability report, to request the PPH in the SPTO (Office of Second Filing) and get an accelerated examination procedure, provided a number of conditions are met.

At the same time, an applicant who has got a positive opinion by the SPTO on his patent application will be given the opportunity to file the PPH request and enter the fast track at the USPTO, CIPO or JPO (acting this time as Office of Second Filing).

The use of this system will be free of charge and the applicant must request it explicitly (by filing in a request form and attaching a number of relevant documentation).

"PPH MOTTAINAI" Pilot Program.

GLOBAL PPH Program.

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Bandera de Japón PPH Pilot Program with the JPO Bandera de Finlandia PPH Pilot Program with the NBPR
Bandera de Estados Unidos PPH Pilot Program with the USPTO Bandera de Portugal PPH Pilot Program with the INPI-PT
Bandera de Canadá PPH Pilot Program with the CIPO Bandera de Rusia PPH Pilot Program with the ROSPATENT
Bandera de Corea PPH Pilot Program with the KIPO Bandera de México PPH Pilot Program with the IMPI
Bandera de Colombia PPH Pilot Program with the SIC Bandera de Taiwán PPH Pilot Program with the TIPO
Bandera de China PPH Pilot Program with the SIPO Bandera de Israel PPH Pilot Program with the ILPO

Press releases. 1.10.2010

For general information on the figure of the PPH, please visit the international web site that the JPO, as a host organization, has prepared with this aim: PPH Portal Website

Contact: pph@oepm.es

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