Industrial Property Office

Cooperation program between the USPTO and the IPO - Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)


Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic is launching a pilot cooperation  program called  Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) with the Patent and Trademark Office of the United States (USPTO).
PPH project enables the exchange of information between patent offices for the purpose of speeding up processing of patent applications. Under this program, the Czech applicant will be able to request for  accelerated patent procedure  before the USPTO, if the claims in the corresponding patent application, filed with the USPTO, have been determined by the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic as patentable.

Agreement on this pilot program shall enter into force on 1 October  2012.

More information about PPH projects can be found on the respective websites of both offices:

www.upv.cz/en/ip-rights/patents/Patent-Prosecution-Highway.html

www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pph/index.jsp