The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has implemented
a new Global Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program
starting January 6, 2014. The Global PPH agreement includes
partnerships with many of CIPO's current PPH partners as well
as seven new IP offices.
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) allows Applicants to
significantly speed up examination of their patent applications
based on the results of examination from a corresponding
application at one of the PPH partner IP offices.
The new Global PPH agreement simplifies the current PPH
procedure by adopting one set of qualifying requirements for all
PPH partner countries. Applicants can now make a PPH request based
on national or international (PCT) work products to any or all of
the 16 participating intellectual property offices.
In addition to the Global PPH agreement, CIPO announced a new
bilateral PPH agreement with Mexico.
With these new agreements Canada now has PPH agreements with
Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland,
Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Nordic Patent Institute, Norway,
Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United
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