PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and SIPO (Pilot)
The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C.
Under the PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from either the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C. (SIPO) 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, which started on 01 December 2011 and was set to expire 30 November 2012, has been extended to November 30, 2013.
View the USPTO Press Release announcing the pilot program.
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
Continuation of Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programs between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (signed 05 March 2013)
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products (signed 30 November 2011)