The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program came into effect on January 6, 2014 and presently includes over twenty participating offices. Under the GPPH, you have the option of making a request to any or all of the participating offices based on the work products, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work products (e.g., positive IPRP). Applicants may make requests to CIPO under the Paris Route PPH (“PPH”) or the PCT-PPH, depending on the type of work product from a partner office.
01-Sep-2015: The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) begins operating as ISA and IPEA under the PCT. PPH requests at CIPO may be based upon national work products and PCT work products from the IPOS.
28-Aug-2015: The PPH pilot project between CIPO and SIPO is being extended for an additional three-year period, ending on August 31, 2018.
06-Jul-2015: The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and the Estonian Patent Office join the GPPH pilot.
02-Jul-2015: CIPO is now using a form based on the common GPPH request form created by all partner offices.
06-Jul-2016: The PPH agreement with the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI) is being extended for an additional two-year period, beginning July 6, 2016.
06-Jan-2017: New PPH pilot agreement between Canada and National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) commences.
06-Jul-2017: New Zealand and Colombia join the GPPH pilot.
31-Aug-2018: the PPH agreement with the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) has been extended for three years to August 31, 2021.
06-Jan-2019: the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) of Peru joined the GPPH pilot.
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