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|Top of Notices (225) December 28, 2021||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1493 CNOG 815|
|Patent Prosecution Highway||Referenced Items (224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233)|
(225) Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia I. Background Beginning in July 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has partnered with several other offices in Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs. The PPH enables an applicant who receives a positive ruling on patent claims from one participating office to request accelerated prosecution of corresponding claims in another participating office, which allows the applicant to obtain a patentability decision in the second office more quickly. Furthermore, the PPH promotes patent application processing efficiency by allowing the examiner in the office of later examination (OLE) to reuse the search and examination results from the office of earlier examination (OEE), thereby reducing workload and duplication of effort. On January 6, 2014, the USPTO began participating in the Global PPH and IP5 PPH ("Global/IP5 PPH") pilot programs, which consolidated and replaced numerous earlier PPH programs, thereby streamlining and simplifying the PPH process for both applicants and Global/IP5 PPH participating offices. See Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices, 1400 OFF. GAZ. PAT. OFFICE 172 (March 18, 2014). Following discussions between the USPTO and the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (SAIP), the USPTO will implement a PPH pilot program with the SAIP. The SAIP is not currently a Global/IP5 PPH participating office and is partnering with the USPTO in the PPH on a bilateral basis only. However, a PPH request submitted in the USPTO based on SAIP work product will be treated under the published Global/IP5 PPH standards as discussed in Section III below. II. Trial Period for the PPH Pilot Program with the SAIP The PPH pilot program will commence on January 1, 2020, and will run for a period of three years ending on December 31, 2022. The trial period may be extended upon mutual written decision by the Offices. During the trial period, the Offices intend to continually evaluate the PPH pilot program to determine whether and how the program should be modified. Either Office may terminate the PPH pilot program early for any reason, including if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable level. Notice will be published if the PPH pilot program will be extended or terminated. Unless the SAIP becomes a Global PPH participating office, any extension or termination of the Global/IP5 PPH program will have no effect on this PPH pilot program. III. Participation in the PPH Pilot Program with the SAIP in the USPTO Any request to participate in a PPH program in the USPTO based on SAIP work product is subject to the same requirements and procedures as, and will receive equivalent treatment to, a request made under the Global/IP5 PPH pilot program as set forth in the following notice: Implementation of the Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Programs with Participating Offices, 1400 OFF. GAZ. PAT. OFFICE 172 (March 18, 2014). This PPH pilot program also will be subject to any modifications to the requirements and procedures of the Global/IP5 PPH pilot program. A request form (Form PTO/SB/20SA) is available from the USPTO Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pph/. Any inquiries concerning this notice may be directed to Bryan Lin, International Patent 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. December 6, 2019 ANDREI IANCU Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office [1471 OG 63]