By requesting the processing of their applications under these agreements, applicants can, as a general rule, request a more quickly final appeal to the participating offices. In addition to the Global PPH and IP5 PPH pilot programs, USPTO has entered into agreements with the following IP offices around the world. These countries are not yet included in the overall PPH, so applicants must use the special forms shown in the table. For information, requirements and application form for each of the PPH programs, click on the links below: The PPH program is a bilateral agreement between the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) and other patent offices (other – Partner Office). Participating offices reserve the right to limit or terminate their participation in GPPH pilot contracts at an early stage if the volume of participants is no longer manageable. A participating office wishing to limit or terminate its participation must communicate in writing at least one month prior to its revocation. The success of the PPH programme has made it difficult to maintain many individual bilateral agreements between countries. In this context, both candidates and participating offices would benefit from a unique set of principles that constitute a global PPH system. In addition, a common framework provides a basis on which new PPH offices can draw without departing from the guidelines of long-standing PPH partners. The following principles are the cornerstone of a global PPH system: a number of bilateral agreements have been signed between patent offices to promote division of labour and allow registrants to apply for expedited processing in the national phase where patent examiners can use other offices` work products. These working products may include: Yes, all changes to the claims made by the request for expedited review under the PPH agreement are registered, whether the application is accepted or not. The PPH allows an application whose claims have been identified as patentable by the Office of the First Application (OFF) to go through an expedited review with the Second Deposit Office (OSF) in a simple procedure, at the request of an applicant, on the basis of bilateral office agreements. The form is available on the OPC PPH website under the PPH application form.
This form is used to apply for expedited review with CIPO under the GPPH agreement or one of the CIPO`s bilateral PPH agreements. An expedited review request under the PPH is not accepted if the application does not meet the requirements for the expedited review application under the PPH. A full list of eligibility requirements for each of our PPH agreements can be find on our main PPH page. The multi-lateral agreement under the GPPH programme, which prevails over all previously concluded bilateral PPH agreements, has been signed between Rospatent and the patent offices of Austria, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Canada, Israel, South Korea, Norway, Poland, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, the United States, Finland, Sweden Estonia, Japan and the Northern Patent Institute.