New Zealand and Colombia join the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

On July 6, 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) of the Republic of Colombia joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program. There are now 24 countries, including Canada, that are participating in the GPPH.

The GPPH streamlines and harmonizes Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) guidelines used by participating offices benefiting 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 and saving time, cost and effort, for both CIPO and our clients.

PPH requests made to CIPO can now be based on the earlier national search and examination work done by IPONZ or SIC, and PPH requests made to these countries can now be based on the earlier national and international (PCT) search and examination work done by CIPO. It should be noted that the SIC has a maximum limit of 300 applications per year under the GPPH (this number includes the total number of applications received from all offices).

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.

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

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