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The Patent Prosecution Highway for US and PCT Filings

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program and the new Patent Cooperation Treaty PPH (“PCT/PPH”) allow an applicant that is notified by a first patent office that at least one claim in an application is patentable, to request fast tract examination of a corresponding patent application filed in a second patent office. 

The United State Patent Office (USPO) has PPH and PCT/PPH agreements with the following international patent offices: 

 

Participating Countries

PPH

PCT/PPH

Australia

Yes

Yes

Austria

Yes

Yes

Canada

Yes

Yes

Denmark

Yes

 

European Patent Office (EPO)

Yes

Yes

Finland

Yes

Yes

Germany

Yes

 

Hungary

Yes

 

Israel

Yes

 

Japan

Yes

Yes

Korea

Yes

Yes

Mexico

Yes

 

Nordic Patent Institute

 

Yes

Russia

Yes

Yes

Singapore

Yes

 

Spain

Yes

Yes

Sweden

 

Yes

United Kingdom

Yes