ARCHIVED — Canada extends three PPH Pilot Project Agreements
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Three expiring Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project agreements between Canada and Denmark, Japan and Korea are being extended to obtain further information to assess if the PPH achieves the anticipated benefits.
These pilot projects, which initially started on October 1, 2009 and were set to expire on September 30, 2011, will now be in place for an additional two-year period ending on September 30, 2013. Each intellectual property office will evaluate the results of their respective projects to determine whether the projects should be fully implemented after the completion of the trial period. The requirements and procedures of these agreements remain the same.
In addition to these agreements, Canada has one indeterminate PPH agreement with the United States and three additional pilot agreements with Finland, Germany, and Spain.
The PPH helps advance patent examination by allowing applicants from partner countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently through sharing work previously done by the other patent office, in turn reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.