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Japan-India PPH to Start in 2019

Leaders of Japan and India concurred to start Japan-India PPH in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019

October 30, 2018

Japan Patent Office

On October 29th, 2018, at the Japan-India Summit meeting, the leaders of the two countries concurred to start the Japan-India Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. By using the PPH program, after claims have been determined to be patentable in Japan, applicants can acquire patents swiftly and expand their business smoothly in India.

1.PPH Pilot Program with India

At the Japan-India Summit Meeting on October 29, 2018, the leaders of the two countries concurred to start a bilateral PPH program on a pilot basis in certain identified fields of inventions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. Under the program, Japanese companies can request expedited examinations in India through simplified procedures, based on their applications whose claims have been determined to be patentable in Japan.
The number of IP offices that Japan has set up in the PPH program will reach 43.
Going forward, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) continues supporting Japanese companies to promptly acquire patents overseas, by expanding the PPH network, as well as standardizing and simplifying the procedures at IP offices worldwide.

2.Background

The JPO has been cooperating for swift acquisition of IP rights in India through a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI)  in June 2015*1. In May 2017, the JPO agreed on the revised Action Plan enlarging cooperation with the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, & Trade Marks*2.
In September 2018, after the Second JPO- DIPP Review Meeting in August 2018, JPO and DIPP agreed in principle, to start a bilateral PPH program on a pilot basis in certain identified fields of inventions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.*3

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