Nordic Patent Office and USPTO: the latest pilot project under Patent Prosecution Highway

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The Nordic Patent Institute has entered into an agreement with the US Patent Office (USPTO) for the implementation of a pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). According to the Nordic Patent Institute, “under the PCT-PPH pilot program between USPTO and Nordic Patent Institute, an applicant receiving a positive written opinion or a positive international preliminary report in a PCT application where Nordic Patent Institute was the International Searching Authority or the International Preliminary Examination Authority, may request that the USPTO fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications.”

The PPH is a framework for speeding up the examination process for patent applications, which is now being used by many patent offices. For more information on PPH, please click here.

Source: 
Nordic Patent Institute, www.npi.int