20 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

IP5 PPH programme extended

The IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme has been extended for a further three years.

The agreement was scheduled to expire on 5 January, but the five members of the IP5, China’s State Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean IP Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office, have agreed to extend the programme.

The IP5 PPH programme was launched on 6 January 2014 and allows all members to fast-track patent examination procedures if a patent has already been granted at a participating office.

It allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents worldwide faster and more efficiently.

The IP5 offices handle around 80 percent of the world's patent applications and 95 percent of work carried out under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

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