Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pleased to announce that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between CIPO and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has been extended for three years to .

The PPH pilot agreement between our offices began in 2014 and was subsequently strengthened by a trilateral cooperation with the United States and Mexico in 2015.

The CIPO-IMPI PPH pilot agreement allows applicants at CIPO and the IMPI to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. It also enables CIPO and the IMPI to benefit from work previously done by each other's patent office, in turn reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.

CIPO's goal for all PPH agreements is to provide a first office action (allowance or first substantive report) within 90 days from receipt of the request. CIPO has noted that approximately 37% of Patent Cooperation Treaty-PPH applications and 26% of PPH applications are allowed without an office action. Both figures are significantly higher than for non-PPH national applications (3%). This represents a savings of time and effort for both CIPO and its clients.

As always, applicants whose claims have been found to be patentable by either the IMPI or CIPO may request accelerated processing of their corresponding applications that are pending before the other office. A PPH request at CIPO can be made based on IMPI national work products.

CIPO will continue to process requests for advanced prosecution under the PPH program free of charge. Regular fees (Schedule II of the Patent Rules) for requesting examination will continue to apply.

For more information on the PPH program, visit CIPO's PPH webpage or contact the PPH coordinator.

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