Visegrad Patent Institute joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) will be joining the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program as of January 6, 2018. The VPI is an intergovernmental organization for cooperation in the field of patents. It was established by the four Visegrad countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic. The VPI is an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). There are now 25 patent offices, including Canada's, that are participating in the GPPH.

The GPPH streamlines and harmonizes Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) guidelines used by participating offices. This helps applicants filing patent applications at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and other participating offices obtain corresponding patents faster, more efficiently and with improved quality. It also enables 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 international (PCT) search and examination done by the VPI.

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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