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Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between IP5 Offices Will Launch on January 6, 2014

A consensus was reached in Geneva, Switzerland by the European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, State Intellectual Property Office of China, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013, to launch a comprehensive Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between the IP5 Offices in January 2014. The IP5 PPH pilot program will launch on January 6, 2014 and end on January 5, 2017, lasting for 3 years.

After January 6, 2014, applicants can make a PPH application to the SIPO pursuant to the Process of Making a PPH Application to the SIPO under the IP5 PPH Pilot Program. Applicants can make a PPH application to the other four offices in accordance with the respective requirements and processes developed by the EPO, JPO, KIPO and USPTO.