On January 6, 2017, a new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot
program between the National Institute of Industrial Property of
Chile (INAPI) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
The PPH program enables an applicant whose claims have been
determined to be patentable/allowable to have a corresponding
application filed with a PPH partner office processed in a faster,
more efficient manner. The PPH program also allows the offices to
benefit from work previously done by each other's patent
offices, reducing examination workload.
Requests for accelerated examination under this PPH program can
be made based on either national work products or Patent
Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products by the INAPI and CIPO, such
as the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority
(WO-ISA), the Written Opinion of the International Preliminary
Examination Authority (WO-IPEA) and the International Preliminary
Report on Patentability (IPRP).
The pilot program will have a duration of three years, and may
be extendable with previous agreement between the parties. The
INAPI may suspend its participation in the pilot program at any
stage, if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable
The guidelines of this new PPH program are available on the
websites of the INAPI and CIPO.
Since 2016, Chile also has running PPH agreements with
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Peru
and Uruguay, which were signed under the framework of the Pacific
Alliance, an initiative for regional integration developed by
Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and the regional collaborative
project on Industrial Property PROSUR.
Please be informed that the devaluation of 59% on the exchange rate used to calculate the official fees for foreign IP owners announced by the Government on February 18 has been finally published in the Official Gazette No. 40.865.
Patent owners are theoretically required to work their inventions in Brazil, or run the risk of a compulsory licence being granted to a competitor, but the situation is complicated...
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