Is PPH available? With which offices? Must PPH be requested at the filing? Which documents are requested?
In Russia: The Russian Patent Office participates in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) program including PPH-MOTTAINAI and PCT-PPH programs. The GPPH program allows accelerating prosecution of a Russian patent application based on a positive work product, including a PCT work product, issued by another participating patent office with respect to a parallel patent application. The following patent offices currently participate in the GPPH program: AU, GB, HU, DK, ES, CA, IL, KR, NO, PT, RU, US, FI, SE, JP, IS, SG, AT, DE, EE, PL, CO, NZ, NPI, and VPI. The Russian Patent Office also has bilateral agreements within the frames of the Patent Prosecution Highway program with the Patent Office of China (PPH and РСТ-РРН) and the European Patent Office (РРН-Mottainai and РСТ-РРН).
In Eurasia: The Eurasian Patent Office has bilateral agreements under the PPH program. In this program substantive examination of an Eurasian application can be accelerated provided that there is a counterpart application with respect to which a positive opinion on the patentability was expressed by one of the following offices (acting either as national patent office or as ISA/IPEA under the PCT): JPO, EPO, CNIPA, KIPO, and PRH. PPH may be requested after filing an application, but at the date of filing a PPH request substantive examination of the application shall not have been started.