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(196) Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic based on Patent Cooperation Treaty Work Products I. Background Since 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has established Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programs with several Offices. In general, such PPH pilot programs permit an applicant who receives a determination from one office that at least one claim is allowable/ atentable to request that a corresponding application in another office be accorded special status and advanced out of turn for examination. These PPH pilot programs are limited to the utilization of search and examination results of national applications between cross filings under the Paris Convention. In order to expand the potential of the PPH pilot program, the USPTO recently implemented a new PPH pilot program with our Trilateral partners (the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO)), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Austrian Patent Office (APO), the Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia (Rospatent), the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO), IP Australia (IPAU), the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR), the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) based on Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (PCT-PPH pilot program). The USPTO had discussions with the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPOCZ) to launch a PCT-PPH pilot program based in part on the PCT-PPH pilot programs identified above. The USPTO and the IPOCZ agreed that consistency between PCT-PPH pilot programs should be maintained to the extent possible, to avoid creating burdens on applicants and offices, and to ensure maximum work-sharing potential. II. PCT-PPH Pilot Program The PCT-PPH pilot program was established to enable an applicant, who has received (1) a Written Opinion from the United States International Searching Authority, or (2) a Written Opinion from the United States International Preliminary Examining Authority, or (3) an International Preliminary Examination Report from the United States International Preliminary Examining Authority, that indicates at least one claim in the PCT application has novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability, to file a request to participate in the PCT-PPH pilot program and request accelerated examination for the corresponding application filed with the IPOCZ. The procedures and requirements for filing a request in the IPOCZ for participation in the PCT-PPH pilot program are available from the IPOCZ Web site at: http://www.upv.cz/en.html. Trial Period for the PCT-PPH Pilot Program USPTO and IPOCZ agreed to commence the PCT-PPH pilot program on October 1, 2012, for a period of one year ending on September 30, 2013. The trial period may be extended if necessary until the IPOCZ receives a sufficient number of PCT-PPH requests to adequately assess the feasibility of the PCT-PPH pilot program. The USPTO and the IPOCZ may also terminate the PCT- PPH pilot program early if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable
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level, or for any other reasons. Notice will be published if the PCT-PPH pilot program will be terminated before September 30, 2013. Any inquiries concerning this notice may be directed to Bryan Lin, Office of PCT Legal Administration, at 571-272-3303, or via e-mail addressed to email@example.com. Specific questions about the Patent Prosecution Highway should be directed to the Office of Petitions at 571-272-3282, or via e-mail addressed to PPHfeedback@uspto.gov. October 9, 2012 DAVID J. KAPPOS Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office [1384 OG 45]