Industrial Property Office

PPH Program between the Finnish Patent and Registration Office and IPO CZ


Continuation of Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programs between the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic

The trial period, which started on 01 November 2013 and was set to expire on 30 October 2014, has been extended indefinitely.


On 16 October 2013 the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO CZ) and the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) concluded Memorandum of Understanding on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). This Memorandum of Understanding will come into effect on November 1, 2013. The Offices will start the PPH pilot program on November 1, 2013. The duration of the PPH pilot program is one year and may be extended with the mutual consent of the Offices.


Memorandum of Understanding on PPH between IPO CZ and NBPR FI (pdf, 41 kB)


What is PPH?

Generally, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a bilateral agreement between two national Offices dealing with the intellectual property protection. It offers applicants accelerated patent examination, and thus opportunity to obtain the appropriate patent faster and more efficiently. It is based on using the work already carried out by other Office.

PPH pilot programs will allow the applicant who receives a decision from one Office that at least one claim is allowable / patentable to request that the corresponding application is granted a special status in the other Office and to have it advanced out of turn for examination. PPH pilot programs are limited to the use of search and examination results of national applications between cross filings within the Paris Convention.

Use of the PPH is the choice of the applicant. It should also be borne in mind that the Office of second filing (OSF), which has been asked for accelerated procedure on the basis of PPH, is not obliged to accept the opinion on patentability issued by the Office of first filing (OFF), and that the responsibility for determining patentability of the claimed invention lies always with the Office competent for granting protection in the given country.

Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic carries out a full examination and evaluation of the conditions of patentability of technical solutions in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in the Czech Republic.
 


Information for applicants from FI - proceedings before the IPO

Text of the PPH pilot program between the NBPR and the IPO

IPO CZ PPH Guidelines for Finnish applicants (pdf, 107 kB) 

Annex 1 - Examples of IPO-CZ applications eligible for the PPH (pdf, 38 kB)

Annex 2 - Request for PPH and table of the claims correspondence (pdf, 297 kB) 


Information for CZ applicants - proceedings before the PRH

Text of the PPH pilot program between the NBPR and the IPO, and the text of request for the PPH:

PRH PPH Guidelines for Czech filers (pdf, 133 kB)

See also: http://www.prh.fi/en/patentit/pph.html

Last modified on – 2014-11-03 12:18