Tuesday, February 20 2024   \  Published by AAA IP Right .

Expedite Patent Prosecution with the Patent Prosecution Highway in the US

Expedite Patent Prosecution with the Patent Prosecution Highway in the US

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), introduced by the USPTO in May 2010, is a valuable but sometimes overlooked tool, especially in certain technology sectors. This work-sharing arrangement facilitates accelerated prosecution of patent claims in one participating office based on a positive ruling received in another.

During the fiscal year 2022 (October 2021 – September 2022), participating patent offices with at least 100 petitions filed had an average pendency of 144 days (approximately 4.8 months) from the petition to the First Action. In contrast, the average pendency for the First Office Action at the USPTO is around 16 months. Presently, 55 national and regional patent offices are part of the Global PPH network.

Apart from the Global PPH, the USPTO engages in bilateral PPH agreements with various countries and regions. Recent additions include Morocco (effective April 1, 2023), Malaysia (effective March 2, 2023, to March 3, 2026), France (effective Dec. 1, 2021, to Nov. 30, 2024), and Brazil (effective Dec. 1, 2019, to Nov. 30, 2024). Read more

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