New Global Patent Prosecution Highway

Published on: 14 January 2014
by Dr. Christian Köster, Patent Attorney at Dennemeyer & Associates, Munich

This year, the Three Magi brought a special gift for the people in the patent business. As of 6 January 2014, a new Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot is available for patent applicants. This pilot aims to simplify and improve the already existing Patent Prosecution Highway network in order to make it more accessible to users. The basic idea behind the GPPH pilot is as follows: that patent applicants may request an accelerated examination at any of the offices involved in the pilot if their claims have been found to be acceptable by any of the other offices involved in the program. Interestingly, some major IP offices are taking part in the pilot, while others are not. Here is a list of those currently participating:

  • IP Australia (IP Australia)
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
  • Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO)
  • National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)
  • Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO)
  • Icelandic Patent Office (IPO)
  • Israel Patent Office (ILPO)
  • Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
  • Nordic Patent Institute (NPI)
  • Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)
  • Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)
  • Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT)
  • Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO)
  • Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV)
  • United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO), and
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

It is yet to be seen whether the GPPH pilot will attract patent applicants and, if so, will turn out to be a success. In any event and contrary to Santa’s usual approach, this gift is for the naughty and the nice.