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January 5, 2011
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is launching a new Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) - Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project (commencing on January 31, 2011, for a period of 2 years). As with other PPH initiatives, the pilot project will allow applicants to obtain patents faster and more efficiently. This pilot is based on PCT work products established by CIPO as the International Searching Authority (ISA) and/or the International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA).
Where all requirements are met, the applicant can make a PCT-PPH request to CIPO for accelerated examination of a corresponding national phase application (the CIPO application must have entered national phase on or after January 31, 2011). The requirements and procedures for the submission of a request with CIPO for participation in the PCT-PPH (CIPO ISA/IPEA) pilot project will be available on the PPH page.
CIPO's goal is to provide a first action (allowance or first substantive report) for qualifying requests within 90 days. Typically, first actions can take from 18 to 33 months, depending on the speciality. CIPO will also process requests for advanced prosecution under the PCT-PPH (CIPO ISA/IPEA) project free of charge. Regular fees (Schedule II of the Patent Rules) for requesting examination will continue to apply.
Please note that the Office may terminate the PCT-PPH (CIPO ISA/IPEA) project if the volume of participation exceeds a manageable level, or for any other reason (notice will be published if the project is terminated before the identified end date).
For PPH requests made on the basis of national work products, please refer to CIPO's bilateral PPH projects with Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain and the United States.
For more information on the PCT-PPH (CIPO ISA/IPEA) pilot project, please email the PPH Project Manager or call the CIPO Client Service Center at 819-934-0544 or toll-free at 1-866-997-1936.