04 July 2016
Canberra
Reporter: Barney Dixon
Australia launches fast-track patent pilot
A new fast-track patent prosecution highway (PPH) has been launched in Australia for Australian and EU patent applications.

The agreement between the European Patent Office (EPO) and Australia’s intellectual property office launched on 1 July and will run for three years.

According to Benoît Battistelli, president of the EPO, the faster applications will boost business and innovation in both regions and strengthen the “economic and technological bonds between Europe and Australia”.

The EPO has previously promoted PPH pilot programmes with the world’s five largest intellectual property offices, as well as with national patent offices in Canada, Israel, Mexico and Singapore.

Australia is already a contributor to the EPO’s patent applications, filing 819 patent applications in 2015, a 4 percent increase from the previous year.

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