Peru joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway
On , the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) of Peru joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program. There are now 26 countries, including Canada, that participate 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 INDECOPI and PPH requests made to INDECOPI can now be based on the earlier national and international (Patent Cooperation Treaty) search and examination work done by CIPO.
CIPO's performance target for all PPH agreements is to provide a first office action (allowance, first report or examiner initiated interview) within 90 days of a compliant request for an application to be considered for the PPH.
CIPO has noted that approximately 35% of PPH patent applications are allowed without an examination report, which is significantly higher than for non-PPH national patent applications (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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