CIPO and European Patent Office to formalize their Patent Prosecution Highway program

first_imgCIPO and European Patent Office to formalize their Patent Prosecution Highway program From: Canadian Intellectual Property OfficeThe Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the 2 offices will become permanent on January 6, 2021.The offices have agreed to extend the agreement, following the completion of a pilot program that started in January 2015.The PPH enables applicants filing a patent at either CIPO or the EPO to have their application processed faster at the other office. This helps increase the efficiency and quality of the patent-granting process by enabling the offices to benefit from each other’s work.Since its launch, the PPH has generated over 1,400 requests at CIPO (as of March 31, 2020) and over 200 requests at the EPO (as of September 30, 2020).More details about the program and its eligibility requirements are available on CIPO’s website.Quotes“I am pleased to continue our deep partnership with the EPO. Over the past 5 years, the PPH program between the EPO and CIPO has strengthened our offices’ ability to provide high-quality and timely intellectual property services to our clients and help businesses compete globally. We look forward to sustaining this valuable collaboration on a permanent basis and continuing to support clients of our patent systems.”– Konstantinos Georgaras, CIPO Chief Executive Officer (interim)“I am very pleased to announce the continuation of the PPH with CIPO as a permanent service to our users. We believe it will promote cross-filing activity in Europe and Canada, improve market access and bilateral trade, and benefit users of the patent system in both regions.”– António Campinos, EPO President /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Canada, efficiency, Europe, european, Government, launch, market, patent, pilot, President, property, prosecution, quality, trade, websitelast_img read more