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(155) Continuation of the
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program
between the USPTO and IP Australia
On April 14, 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
commenced a Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program (PPH) which enabled an
applicant whose claims have been determined allowable/patentable in an
application filed in IP Australia to have the corresponding application
filed in the USPTO advanced out of turn for examination. See notice
entitled "Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United
States Patent and Trademark Office and IP Australia," 1329 Off. Gaz. Pat.
Office 165 (April 22, 2008). The USPTO indicated that the pilot program
would last for a period of one year ending on April 14, 2009, but may be
extended for an additional time period thereafter.
In order to adequately assess the feasibility of the PPH pilot program,
the USPTO and IP Australia have agreed to extend the pilot in its current
state in order to collect more information before any formal decision on
the program is made.
Please continue to direct inquiries on the PPH pilot program to
Magdalen Greenlief at 571-272-8800 or via e-mail addressed to
April 10, 2009 JOHN J. DOLL
Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for
Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the
United States Patent and Trademark Office
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