Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and ILPO (Permanent)
The Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO)
Under the Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) or the USPTO that at least one claim in an application is patentable may request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. The 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 Patent Prosecution Highway in conjunction with the ILPO started as a pilot program from 01 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. The program has now been fully implemented on a permanent basis from 01 July 2012.
View the USPTO Press Release announcing the pilot program.
View the ILPO Press Release for the pilot program.