The Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks of Russia (Rospatent) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have agreed to partner in establishing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program.
The PPH pilot program will commence on September 1, 2010 and will be ongoing for a period of one year.
PPH allows an accelerated patent examination in both offices for the applicant to receive patents faster and in a more rational way. PPH allows one nation’s patent office to make use of the work already carried out by the other nation’s patent office reducing the workload and improving the quality of the patents.
«The PPH development would undoubtedly have synergetic result because such system will provide the impulse for solution of tasks related to further development of the PCT by interactions between the PPH and the PCT, decreasing of back-logs of unexamined patent applications as well as establishing of international standards of carrying out patent search and examination, giving to all categories of patent system users additional opportunity of a choice of the patent protection obtaining procedure according to their possibilities,»said the Director General of Rospatent Dr. Simonov.
In his turn, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos, said the following: «As the USPTO and other patent offices throughout the world face challenges of increased patent filings and growing backlogs, it is important that we work together to find ways to streamline processing and avoid redundancy by working together. The PPH program is important step toward the goal of maximizing reutilization of work done by other offices. PPH has shown that through cooperation with other patent offices, genuine time and cost savings can be reached that benefit both applicants and offices. We look forward to starting a pilot PPH program with Rospatent on September 1, 2010».
The PPH was established to enable an applicant whose claims are determined to be patentable in the Office of first filing (OFF) to have the corresponding application filed in the Office of second filing (OSF) advanced out of turn for examination while at the same time allowing the OSF to exploit the search and examination results of the OFF. Thereby, coordination between both nations' offices regarding the patentable results, enabled applicants to expect obtainment of patents in both nations more quickly.
The procedures and requirements for filing a request with the Rospatent for participation in the PPH pilot program are available at the Rospatent web site : http://www.rupto.ru/en_site/about/sod/Links/International_cooperation/Links/PPH_US_RU_Eng.pdf
The procedures and requirements for filing a request with the USPTO for participation in the PPH pilot program are available at the USPTO web site : http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pph/index.jsp
The Rospatent and the USPTO will evaluate the results of the pilot program to determine whether and how the program should be fully implemented after the trial period. Notification of any revisions will be posted on the web sites of each office.