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Patent Prosecution Highway

Fast Track Examination in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Track One Prioritized Examination - Track One examination allows an applicant to pay for prioritized examination and to receive a final disposition usually in less than one year (compared to two to four years for regular...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases International IP Index

Last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its 5th annual International IP Index, entitled "The Roots of Innovation," which provides an "IP report card" for 45 world economies that account for 90% of the global gross...more

USPTO News Briefs - February 2017

USPTO Announces Expansion of eMod Text Pilot - In August 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would begin implementing a new system that would eventually replace the EFS-Web, Public PAIR, and...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution in South America

Although South America includes many large and commercially significant markets for U.S. and European businesses, patent prosecution is notoriously slow in most South American countries. Brazil, for example, averages...more

Getting on the Patent Fast Track While Keeping Competitors in the Rearview Mirror

Rory Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, evaluated various patent prosecution options in Nutter Insights. Rory analyzed the five programs that can accelerate the process and their differentiators...more

Strategies for Expediting the Patenting Process

Intellectual property protection, particularly patent protection, is important for many companies, and the ability to speed up the patenting process may be essential for a variety of reasons. For instance, one or more issued...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2016 Vol. 14, Issue 1

Patentable Subject Matter after Alice: Best Practices for Responding to 35 U.S.C. § 101 Rejections - It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l,...more

Share Your Patent Quality Pet Peeves

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO is inviting stakeholders to suggest topics for patent quality case studies. As explained in the December 21, 2015 Federal Register Notice, “the USPTO performs case studies to investigate specific quality-related...more

Latest Options for Fast-Tracking Clean Technology Patent Applications

The grant of a patent can be delayed by years due to backlogs at patent offices around the world. However, recognizing the urgent need to address climate change, certain patent offices have established programs to expedite...more

USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

Expanding the PPH in Australia

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has paved the way for the European Patent Office (EPO) to partner with the Australian Patent Office in a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The PPH program has been in use...more

Parsing USPTO Petitions Data

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO has launched a Petitions Timeline that provides information on the types of petitions that can be filed at each stage of prosecution, the average time to decision and grant rate, and the deciding office. While some...more

The PCT Process - flexible, cost-effective and efficient

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Initiated in 1970, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has become a popular tool for patent applicants interested in obtaining patents in multiple countries. In 2014, 61,492 PCT applications were filed by U.S. applicants. As...more

Primer on Global and IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programs

Following the implementation of its first Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 2006, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proceeded to establish PPH programs with nearly thirty other...more

Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the...more

CIPO - EPO PPH

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Who can resist an announcement laced with nerdy acronyms? Last week, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced the launch of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement with the European Patent Office...more

New PPH Pilot Agreement between CIPO and EPO

A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement between the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the European Patent Office (the EPO) came into effect on January 6, 2015. The pilot will last for a period of...more

Track One and the Patent Prosecution Highway [Video]

Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses new patent acceleration tools available to create patent portfolios quickly. He provides an overview...more

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway – Global Protection on a Budget

by Winstead PC on

Patent prosecution can be a slow and expensive process. A business or an applicant may wish to accelerate the process of procuring a patent for a number of reasons including, engaging in enforcement activity and reducing...more

Shortcuts on the Patent Prosecution Highway

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a program that allows applicants to leverage allowable claims in one participating office to obtain a patent faster and more efficiently for corresponding claims in another...more

New Global Patent Prosecution Highways to Accelerate Examination of Patents

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) gives applicants the opportunity to accelerate the examination of their patent applications in multiple countries once they have received a favourable report in one country. This is...more

USPTO Expands and Extends Patent Prosecution Highway Programs - September 17, 2013

USPTO Implements PPH 2.0 Programs with NRIP and DKPTO - On September 12, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the implementation of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) 2.0 program with the Nicaraguan Registry...more

USPTO News Briefs - March 18, 2013

USPTO Extends Comment Period on Notice Regarding Preparation of Patent Applications - In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 2960) requesting public...more

USPTO News Briefs - February 26, 2013

In This Issue: - USPTO Modifies PKI Subscriber Agreement - USPTO Upgrades to PPH 2.0 with KIPO and INPI-PT - USPTO Implements PCT-PPH with INPI-PT ...more

5 things ... US attorneys Should Know About The Australian Patent System

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Good US practice will put your clients’ Australian applications on a strong footing, but this article highlights five points of Australian patent practice that will help you sound like an Aussie....more

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