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This e-Alert contains detailed information on the following important subjects regarding USPTO e-Commerce:

  • USPTO and JPO Launch the Patent Prosecution Highway Program
  • Digital Certificate Expiration Information
  • Public Key Infrastructure Export Administration Regulations

USPTO and JPO Launch the Patent Prosecution Highway Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced the full implementation of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on January 4, 2008. The USPTO and JPO sponsored a pilot program which began in July 2006 and ended on January 3, 2008. The results of the pilot program showed that applicants were able to expeditiously obtain a patent in the Office of Second Filing (OSF). An applicant who wishes to request participation in the PPH permanent program, where the JPO is the Office of First Filing (OFF) and the USPTO is the OSF, must e-file a Request/Petition to Make Special (Form PTO/SB/20JP), accompanied by the appropriate documents, via EFS-Web. All claims in each U.S. application for which a request for participation in the PPH program is made must sufficiently correspond to the allowable claims in the application in the OFF.

"By leveraging work done by other offices, the USPTO can make better use of its resources to speed up processing and improve quality," said Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. "Implementation of the Patent Prosecution Highway is an important first step in building up the office-to-office network of cooperation that will be necessary to make the full vision of work sharing on a global scale a reality."

The PPH program leverages fast-track patent examination in both participating offices to allow applicants in both countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. It also permits each office to benefit from work previously done by the other office, in turn reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.

Last September, the USPTO began a PPH pilot program with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), and launched two additional PPH pilot programs with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on January 28, 2008.

For more information about the program with the USPTO and JPO, please go to:

If you are interested in learning more about the pilot program with the UK IPO, CIPO, or KIPO, please find the respective links on the USPTO website:




If you have questions or comments about the program, please direct them to Magdalen Greenlief via e-mail to

e-Commerce Updates

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When a registered user logs into EFS-Web and selects "My Workplace" to retrieve "Saved Submissions" or view the "Last 40 Acknowledgement Receipts," the applicant must make a certification that he or she is not acting in a way that would violate or circumvent the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This certification is to comply with guidance by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). The USPTO Public Key Infrastructure Subscriber Agreement has been modified to reflect the new policy.

About BIS:
BIS is charged with promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership and helps to advance national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system. For more information regarding U.S. export controls and its application to technology and software included in patent applications, please visit the BIS website at or contact the BIS Office of Exporter Services at 1-202-482-4811.

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