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(168) Continuation of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the USPTO and the Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products On October 1, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) commenced a Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program) with the Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia (Rospatent). The PCT-PPH pilot program enabled an applicant who has received a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from the Rospatent as the International Searching Authority (ISA) or International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) indicating that at least one claim in the PCT application has novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability to have the corresponding application filed in the USPTO advanced out of turn for examination. See notice titled "Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products," 1359 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 189 (October 19, 2010). The USPTO indicated that the PCT-PPH pilot program would last for a period of one year ending on September 30, 2011, but may be extended for an additional time period thereafter. In order to adequately assess the feasibility of the PCT-PPH program, the USPTO and Rospatent 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 571-272-8140 or via e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. DAVID J. KAPPOS Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office [1371 OG 51]