Patent Prosecution Highway Between USPTO and TIPO (Permanent)
The Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO)
Under the Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) 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 TIPO started as a pilot program from 01 September 2011 to 31 August 2012. The program has now been fully implemented on a permanent basis from 01 September 2012.
Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
Notice Regarding Full Implementation of Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office, acting as the designated representative of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, acting as the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) (signed 20 December 2012)