Thursday, June 25, 2009

IPOS - JPO Patent Prosecution Highway

Come 1 July 2009, the Singapore and Japan IP offices will embark on a year-long Patent Prosecution Highway ("PPH") test run. The test period may be extended by a year depending on the PPH's popularity among other factors. This is the second PPH pilot programme for IPOS, the first being a collaboration with the US Patent Office ("USPTO"). Information on how to participate in the PPH by filing the requisite notices at IPOS and JPO may be found here and here respectively.

It is yet unknown as to how many PPH cases there are under the 2-month old IPOS-USPTO PPH pilot programme; let's see if I can find out when I make a trip down to IPOS tomorrow morning later.

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