Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) - Fast Track Examination of Applications
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) speeds up the examination process for corresponding applications filed in participating intellectual property offices.
Under PPH, an applicant receiving a ruling from a first office that at least one claim in an application is patentable may request that the second office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications filed in the second office. PPH leverages fast-track examination procedures already in place in the second office to allow applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.
There is no fee for the petition to make special under the PPH programs. For further information, please see this Federal Register notice.
For more information on the PPH in general, please see these PPH resources:
- Overview of the Patent Prosecution Highway (Video)
- PPH Brochure [PDF] (Print)
- PPH Brochure [HTML] (View)
Global Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot
We are pleased to announce that the USPTO and 12 other intellectual property offices intend to pilot a Global PPH arrangement, beginning in January 2014. The pilot will use a single set of qualifying requirements and aims to simplify and improve the existing PPH network so that it is more accessible to users.
For more information on the pilot, please see the Global PPH section of the PPH portal Web site.
Please check back in January for more details.
Current Patent Prosecution Highway Programs
The USPTO has PPH agreements with various Intellectual Property Offices around the world. For information, requirements and request form for each of the PPH programs, click on the links below:
PPH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (August 2011)
PCT-PPH press release (November 2009)
PCT-PPH (with KIPO) press release (April 16, 2010)
PPH News: View the latest updates on USPTO’s Patent Prosecution Highway program and learn what others are saying about PPH.
Electronic filing support is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at 866-217-9197 (toll-free) or 571-272-4100 from 6 a.m. to 12 Midnight Eastern Time, Monday – Friday, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information on the Plurilateral PPH Framework see the Plurilateral PPH Portal Web Site
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