3 January 2018
Beijing
Reporter: Barney Dixon

China opens PPH programmes for Chile and the Czech Republic


China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has launched patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO-CZ).

The programmes came into effect on 1 January, each with separate run times. SIPO’s agreement with INAPI will run until 31 December 2020, while its agreement with IPO-CZ will end on 31 December 2019.

PPH agreements allow patent offices to request fast-track examination in the partner country after a patent application has been granted in the home country.

Last year SIPO signed a similar agreement with the Brazilian National Institution of Intellectual Property in order to promote the development of IP systems in both countries.

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