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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Course

The Recommended Procedure When Expedited Grant of Patent Rights is Desired

We fully support Patent Prosecution Highway programs and expedited prosecution procedures of the respective countries

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a framework that facilitates simplified procedures and expedited prosecutions at secondary offices (subsequent offices) for patent applications of inventions that have already been determined to be patentable at a primary office (preceding office), based on the agreements set up between the respective patent offices.

Furthermore, an application for expedited prosecution (PCT-PPH) is possible even when an international application has been made with the PCT, by using the statement of opinion prepared by a particular international searching authority (WO/ISA) or the statement of opinion prepared by a particular international preliminary examining authority (WO/IPEA) or an international preliminary examination report (IPER). An application for expedited prosecution is possible by using the statement of opinion prepared by a particular international searching authority (WO/ISA) or the statement of opinion prepared by a particular international preliminary examining authority (WO/IPEA) or an international preliminary examination report (IPER).

Advantages of utilizing PCT International Phase Outcomes

  • Possible to utilize PPH application in an early stage
  • Maximum use of PCT outcomes

Advantages of utilizing PPH

The advantage of the Patent Prosecution Highway is that it can reduce the number of Office Actions issued by the patent office and the accelerate the proceduce up the grant of the patent rights, since the handled application has already been indicated as patentable by a Primary Office (preceding office). The Patent Prosecution Highway is expected to improve the grant possibility.

Tsubame Patent Attorney Firm offers assistance to clients who want to have rapid acquisition of their patent rights in Japan. The Patent Prosecution Highway program has been established between the patent offices of many countries and the potential for expedited acquisition of patent rights is increasing in Japan for cases where an application has been Japan, and determined patentable in a patent office overseas.

Even if the Patent Prosecution Highway program is not available for a particular case, it is still possible to apply for an expedited prosecution using a domestic program in Japan.

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