In 2015, the USPTO signed two independent collaborative search pilot Memoranda of Cooperation – one with the JPO and another with the KIPO. The purpose of these two pilots was to provide our stakeholders with search results from two offices early in the examination process so the applicant could determine their next steps in patent prosecution.
Both pilots ran for two years. For more information about our initial CSPs, see the general CSP info document.
JPO pilot - August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2017
The USPTO and the JPO exchanged serially developed search and evaluation results identifying more comprehensive prior art and provide a work product that incorporates the efforts of the two offices. Review the workflow process for a better understanding.
KIPO pilot - September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2017
The KIPO and the USPTO conducted two independent searches and provided both work products to the applicant for consideration. The workflow process provides a better understanding.
CSP successes and statistics
The applications completed so far in the initial CSP program showed that all offices contributed relevant prior art to the prosecution history – with the result being a significant reduction in prosecution time and that very few applications needed a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) to complete prosecution – with over a 90% allowance rate. The expanded CSP builds on these successes and continues to improve compact prosecution and enhance patent quality.