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On 1 July 2016, the IPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China decided to extend their PPH pilot programme.

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme between the State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C (SIPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) started on 1 July 2014.  The programme was due to expire on 30 June 2016.

To continue ensuring the benefits of expeditious, inexpensive and high-quality examination for applicants and the benefits of avoiding duplicative work and reducing the examination workload, the SIPO and the UKIPO have decided to extend the PPH pilot programme for an indefinite time period, starting on 1 July 2016.

The IPO explains that the PPH allows applicants who have been successful in obtaining a patent at one office to request accelerated processing of a corresponding application at the other.  The second office can make use of the work undertaken by the first office to more quickly and efficiently process the application.  To read the IPO’s press release in full, click here.

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