On September 1, 2013 the Canadian Intellectual
Property Office (CIPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office
of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) launched a Patent
Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project.
The pilot will run for two years ending on August 31, 2015, but
may be extended as necessary. During the pilot, applicants will be
able to request processing under the PPH free of charge.
In addition, as of October 1, 2013, CIPO’s PPH projects
with Denmark and Korea are extended indefinitely, and the PPH pilot
project with Japan is extended until September 30, 2016.
The requirements for processing under the PPH programs in Canada
The Canadian and foreign applications must be corresponding
The foreign office must have indicated that at least one claim
The claims of the Canadian application must correspond to those
indicated as allowable;
The Canadian application must be open for public inspection;
CIPO must have received a request for examination, but not yet
started examination of the application.
Prosecution of applications under the PPH program is usually
much accelerated when compared to regular examination in
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