Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and INPI-PT (Pilot)
The Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program in Conjunction With the Portugal National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI-PT)
Under this pilot program of the Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the Portugal National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI-PT) 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. This Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program 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 USPTO has implemented PPH 2.0 with respect to the INPI-PT. PPH 2.0 simplifies the PPH requirements and procedures in a consolidated and user-friendly framework, while at the same time ensuring that work sharing benefits to the USPTO are not diminished. It is important to note that PPH 2.0 has only been implemented at the USPTO at this time, i.e., unilaterally.
The Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program between the USPTO and the INPI-PT commenced on January 29, 2013, and will terminate on January 28, 2014. The USPTO and the INPI-PT will evaluate the results of the pilot program to determine whether and how the pilot program should be implemented after January 28, 2014. The pilot program may be extended if necessary to adequately assess its feasibility. The offices may also terminate the pilot program early if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable level or for any other reason. Notice will be published if the pilot program between the USPTO and the INPI-PT is terminated before January 28,2014.
Patent Prosecution Highway 2.0 Requests to USPTO
Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to INPI-PT
How to make a request at the INPI-PT (published by the INPI-PT in Portuguese)