PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and KIPO (Permanent)
The PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the Korean Intellectual Property Office
Under the PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from either the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) 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 PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway in conjunction with the KIPO started as a pilot program from 01 June 2010 to 31 May 2012. The program has now been implemented on a full-time basis from 01 June 2012.
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
Notice Regarding Full Implementation of Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products (signed 27 June 2012)
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products (signed 02 June 2010)
PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to KIPO
How to make a request (published by the KIPO, includes links to request form) [COMING SOON]