Friday, February 10, 2012

IPOPHL JOINS Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) joined the expanding Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) network. Director General Ricardo Blancaflor signed the PPH agreement with JPO Commissioner Yoshiyuki last February 9, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
PPH is in general, work-sharing among IP offices. Work products from one IP office can be used as reference by another IP office for substantive examination. Hence, PPH is envisioned to benefit both examiners and applicants as it will increase efficiency of examination and result to faster turn-around time.

Implementation of the IPOPHL-JPO PPH will begin on March 12, 2012. The guidelines and other important matters relating to the program have been uploaded in the IPOPHL website.

The IPOPHL is the latest IP office to join the 24-country PPH organization which includes modern IP offices of more advanced countries such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO) and Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). In ASEAN, only the Philippines and Singapore are members of the PPH. The PPH program is part of a global effort to initiate work-sharing and reduce redundancy of work in IP offices.

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