The Patent Prosecution Highway in Conjunction With the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)
Under the Patent Prosecution Highway, an applicant receiving a ruling from either the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) 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.
The trial period starts on 06 July 2009 and is set to expire 06 July 2010, but may be extended for up to one year or terminated earlier depending on volume of activity and other factors. Both offices will provide notice of any adjustment in the pilot program.
>> View Press Release announcing the pilot program.
>> View the NBPR Announcement on the pilot program.
Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to USPTO
- Fillable Form SB/20 FI (Patent Prosecution Highway Request Form) [PDF]
- Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (signed 25 June 2009) [PDF]
Patent Prosecution Highway Requests to NBPR
- How to make a request (published by the NBPR, includes links to request form)
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