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EPO and Rospatent are planning to sign a bilateral PPH argeement

Created on Saturday, 20 February 2016 17:02

On February 15-17 Rospatent delegation visited the EPO in Munich. As a result of this meeting a biennial working plan was signed.

Among the most important aspect of the meeting was dicussion of a Memorandum of Understanding to be concluded imminently on a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement. The Parties tentatively agreeв to sign the areement by the end of summer 2016.

It bears reminding that, the PPH agreement allows to speed up the examination process for corresponding applications filed in participating intellectual property offices and avoid duplication of functions.
At the current time, Rospatent concluded multilateral Global PPH agreement with patent offices of Austria, Australia, UK, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Icelandб Spain, Canada, Israel, Republic of Korea, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, USA, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Japan, and Nordic Patent Institute. Global PPH program prevails over earlier bilateral agreements. Rospatent also cooperates with State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China based on the РРН and РСТ-РРН bilateral agreements.
Examination under PPH does not involve additional fees, but on the contrary, allows to minimize costs due to less communication with a patent office and higher possibility of granting.