Via the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), you can accelerate the internationalization of you application. Applicants applying for a patent at one of the participating offices qualify for the PPH-program: they can request accelerated examination of their application as soon as the claims have been determined to be patentable by the Office of Earlier Examination (OEE). The partner offices are not bound by the result of the earlier examination, but make use of them for a faster processing of the application. Thereby, the quality of examination is increased and you profit from a speedier, more efficient patent application process.
The Austrian Patent Office has signed PPH-agreements with the following partner offices for you:
Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Nordic Patent Institute (Denmark, Norway, Iceland), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the USA, the Visegrad Patent Institute (Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary).
In all of these offices, you can profit from the accelerated examination procedure.
Is your target country missing? Let us know – we always seek to expand our network, giving you access to a more efficient procedure in all your target countries!
PPH is also available in the course of PCT-Proceedings(PCT- PPH). A PPH-request can, thus, also be based on a PCT work product (Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority (ISA) or International Preliminary Examination Report of the International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA)).
The following requirements must be met for a PPH-Request:
The following documents must be transmitted to the OLE with the PPH-application:
Details regarding the requirements and documents of a certain patent office can be found in the respective office's guidelines.
You are planning to apply for PPH at one of our partner offices? You can request your personal PPH-package at the Austrian Patent Office, in which we compile the required copies of the office actions for you – if necessary with a machine translation to English.
To apply for your personal PPH-package, simply send an e-mail with your request and your application number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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