In February, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a series of changes to the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. Under the expanded program, known as PPH 2.0, it will be easier for patent applicants to take advantage of the program.
Nine patent offices—the USPTO, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Japan Patent Office, IPAustralia, National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, and most recently, the European Patent Office —have signed on to PPH 2.0. In doing so, the offices have agreed to simplify the PPH requirements and procedures. The new framework builds on changes previously announced last summer.
The revised requirements will apply to PPH requests filed in the USPTO on or after January 29, 2012. Among the notable changes, the revised framework significantly reduces the amount of paperwork required to participate in the program. For instance, applicants will no longer need to submit a copy of the allowed claim or any English translation thereof.
The new requirements are available here.
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