PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and ILPO (Pilot)
The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO)
Under the PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from either the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) 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 August 2012, has been extended indefinitely.
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
Continuation of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Israeli Patent Office based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products (signed 11 September 2013)
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to ILPO
How to make a request at the ILPO (published by the ILPO in Hebrew)