PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and CIPO (Pilot)
The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Under the PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from either the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) or the USPTO that at least one claim in a PCT application has novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability may request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway will leverage fast-track patent examination procedures already available in both offices to allow applicants in both countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.
As of May 25, 2010, the USPTO has eliminated the fee for the petition to make special under the PPH programs.
The trial period started on 31 January 2013 and is set to expire 30 January 2015, but may be extended or terminated early depending on volume of activity and other factors. Notice will be published if the PCT-PPH pilot program will be terminated before 30 January 2015.
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products (signed 17 May 2013)