Commencement of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the JPO and the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce in Thailand
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), the Ministry of Commerce, Kingdom of Thailand, agreed to commence a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on January 1, 2014.
This PPH program will allow Japanese companies to obtain patents quickly in Thailand and also will lead to the facilitation of their business expansion in the country.
The globalization of the world economy is accelerating the worldwide tendency of patent applications to be filed. The number of such applications that Japanese companies and entities file with overseas patent offices is also growing, and in particular, those filed with such offices in emerging countries are substantially increasing.
However, patent examination systems in such emerging countries are insufficient due to a lack of patent examiners and other factors, causing the issue of delays in examination. Considering this situation, Japanese industries have been expecting to shorten the total pendency, since Thailand is an important production base for Japanese companies.
Note: In 2012, 1,437 applications were filed with the DIP from Japan.
2. PPH pilot program between the JPO and the DIP
On September 24, 2013, the JPO and the DIP agreed to commence a PPH* pilot program on January 1, 2014.
The program allows patent applicants whose applications have been determined as patentable by the JPO to request, through a simple procedure, an accelerated examination of the corresponding applications in the DIP.
- The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a scheme whereby patent applicants whose applications have been determined as patentable by a patent office are entitled to request, through a simple procedure, an accelerated examination of the corresponding applications in another patent office.
- There are now 27 countries and regions that have concluded a PPH with Japan. As for ASEAN countries, Thailand is the fourth country to have concluded a PPH, following Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
With a view to helping Japanese applicants obtain stable overseas patents promptly, the JPO will continue making efforts to increase the number of PPH partners and to standardize and simplify PPH application procedures.
For more information about the PPH program, visit the following website:
September 25, 2013
Division in Charge
Policy Planning and Coordination Department, International Cooperation Division, Japan Patent Office;
Examination Policy Planning Office, Administrative Affairs Division, Patent and Design Examination Department, Japan Patent Office