Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) — Fast-Track Examination

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The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) allows you to significantly fast-track examination of your patent application provided you have a corresponding application with one of our PPH partners. If you meet the requirements, you can receive your first examination action faster and at no additional charge to regular fees.

Canadian patent applications will be examined in accordance with the Canadian Patent Act and Patent Rules and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) Patent Office Practice.

Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) — Pilot

To make the PPH process more accessible and simplified, CIPO and 16 other intellectual property offices have partnered in a Global PPH pilot beginning January 6, 2014. Under the Global PPH, you have the option of making a request to any or all of the participating offices based on the work products, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products, from another participating office. Applicants may make requests to CIPO under the Paris Route PPH ("PPH") or the PCT-PPH, depending on the work product from our partner office.

How to submit a PPH

Submit a letter to CIPO requesting accelerated examination under the PPH or Global PPH, and include a completed PPH request form and the relevant supporting documents. Information regarding submission of a PPH request.

Tip: Before you submit your application, check for differences in patent examination requirements (patent laws) between CIPO and partner countries.

CIPO's PPH Agreements

IP Office Agreement Date Guidelines Request Forms

IP Australia
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
(CIPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China
(SIPO)
PPH Pilot September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015 Requirements and Procedures PPH Form
PDF - 70KB - 2 pages

Danish Patent and Trademark Office
(DKPTO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Finnish Patent and Registration Office
(PRH)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

German Patent and Trade Mark Office
(DPMA)
PPH Pilot October 1, 2010 - Sept 30, 2014 Requirements and Procedures PPH Form
PDF - 70KB - 2 pages

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
(HIPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Icelandic Patent Office
(IPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Israel Patent Office
(ILPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Japan Patent Office
(JPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Korean Intellectual Property Office
(KIPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Mexican Institute of Industrial Property
(IMPI)
PPH Pilot January 6, 2014 - January 5, 2016 Requirements and Procedures PPH Form
PDF - 70KB - 2 pages

Nordic Patent Institute
(NPI)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Norwegian Industrial Property Office
(NIPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property
(INPI)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property
(ROSPATENT)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
(SPTO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Swedish Patent and Registration Office
(PRV)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
(UKIPO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO)
Global Pilot
(PPH & PCT-PPH)
January 6, 2014 Framework, Criteria and Principles Global PPH Form
PDF - 76KB - 3 pages

Participating Offices will periodically evaluate and exchange information on the status and effectiveness of the PPH agreement and may consider modifications to it on the basis of the evaluation results.

CIPO will process requests for advanced prosecution under the PPH pilot free of charge. If the PPH pilot becomes a permanent program, CIPO will evaluate what, if any, fees should apply. Regular fees (Schedule II of the Patent Rules) for requesting examination will continue to apply during the PPH pilot.

Participating offices reserve the right to limit or end their participation in the PPH pilot agreements early if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable level at any stage. A participating office wishing to limit or end its participation must give written notice not less than one month prior to the date of withdrawal.

Questions?

PPH Frequently Asked Questions

Your feedback is important to us and will help us improve the PPH application process. If you have any questions or comments about PPH, please contact the PPH Project Manager pph@ic.gc.ca or contact us.

More information

PPH Portal Web Site

To make a request at our partner offices: