02 February 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon
EPO partners with Russia and Cambodia
The European Patent Office (EPO) and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property have launched their a patent prosecution highway (PPH).

This programme will leverage fast-track patent examination procedures already available at either office to allow applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently.

The launch follows the extension of European patents into Asian markets.

Last month, EPO and Cambodian officials signed an agreement to extend the validity of European patents to Cambodia.

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and senior industry minister Cham Prasidh signed the agreement, which will enter into force after being adopted into Cambodian law, provisionally, on 1 July 2017.

Battistelli said: “The new validation agreement with Cambodia is positive news for the development of the European patent system.”

“It extends its attractiveness beyond the European market and its immediate neighbourhood. The recognition of the European patent by an Asian country demonstrates its global impact, also in the context of a least-developed economy.”

The agreement will allow companies and inventors to obtain single patent protection in up to 43 European and non-European countries.

Prasidh and Battistelli also signed a bilateral cooperation plan, aimed at strengthening the ministry’s capacity to administrate Cambodian patent applications and granted patents and raise awareness of the benefits of patent protection.

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