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Japan Patent OfficeCommencement of the Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the JPO and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO CZ) agreed to commence a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on April 1, 2015. This agreement brings the number of Japan’s PPH partners to 31 countries and regions. The PPH program will now allow Japanese companies to obtain patent rights quickly in the Czech Republic and also contribute to their business expansion in the country.

1. Background

As the globalization of the world economy advances, the number of patent applications is increasing worldwide, including those filed by Japanese enterprises with overseas patent offices. In light of this situation, the JPO has been endeavoring to promote the PPH program to help applicants smoothly acquire and effectively protect their patent rights overseas, while reducing the workload of patent examiners.

2. The PPH pilot program between the JPO and the IPO CZ

The JPO and the IPO CZ agreed to commence a PPH pilot program on April 1, 2015. The program will allow patent applicants whose applications have been determined as patentable by the JPO to use a simple procedure to request an accelerated examination of the corresponding applications in the IPO CZ.

With a view to helping Japanese applicants and companies smoothly obtain stable patents overseas, the JPO will continue its efforts to increase the number of PPH partners and to harmonize and simplify patent application procedures in cooperation with the IP offices overseas.

For more information about the PPH program, visit the following website:
http://www.jpo.go.jp/torikumi_e/t_torikumi_e/patent_highway_e.htm

Release date

March 11, 2015

Divisions in charge

  • Examination Policy Planning Office, Administrative Affairs Division, Patent and Design Examination Department, JPO
  • Policy Planning and Coordination Department, International Policy Division, JPO
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