Poland joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

On January 6, 2017, the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland (PPO) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot. There are now 22 countries, including Canada, that are participating in the GPPH. 

The GPPH streamlines and harmonizes Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) guidelines used by participating offices. The GPPH benefits applicants filing patent applications at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and at other participating offices by helping them obtain corresponding patents faster, more efficiently, and with improved quality. It also permits CIPO to benefit from work previously done by participating offices, reducing examination workload.

PPH requests made to CIPO can now be based on the earlier national search and examination work done by the PPO and PPH requests made to the PPO can now be based on the earlier national and international (PCT) search and examination work done by CIPO.

CIPO's goal for all PPH agreements is to provide a first office action (allowance or first substantive report) within 90 days of requesting an application to be considered for the PPH.

CIPO has noted that approximately 32% of PPH patent applications are allowed without an examination report, which is significantly higher than for non-PPH national patent applications (3.5%). This represents a savings of time, cost and effort, for both CIPO and our clients.

For more information, visit CIPO's PPH web page, or contact the PPH coordinator.

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