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Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program received 100 applications by August 24, 2016
Sat, 04:51 09/10/2016.

From April 01, 2016, The National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) start a Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program. This is the first pilot program of NOIP with a foreign IP office.

PPH Program

According to this program, applicants can request accelerated examination by a prescribed procedure including submission of relevant documents on an application which is filed with NOIP and satisfies the requirements under the NOIP-JPO Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program based on the JPO application.

 

When filing a request for the PPH pilot program, an applicant must submit a request form to NOIP. The Offices may terminate the PPH pilot program if the volume of PPH request exceeds 100 per year, or for any other reason. Ex Ante notice will be published if the PPH pilot program is terminated.

 

Upon request of the other Office, this document can be revised any time during the PPH pilot program if necessary.

 

The PPH pilot program will be in effect for three years commencing on April 1, 2016 and will end on March 31, 2019. However, the pilot program may be extended after a joint NOIP-JPO review and assessment of the program implementation.

 

During the program, NOIP will receive 100 applications annually. By August 24, 2016, NOIP received 100 applications for the first year of the pilot PPH program. Therefore, NOIP will only open to receive the next 100 applications for the program from April 01, 2017.

 

For more information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are very pleased to provide clients with details of requirements, documents to be submitted and procedure for the accelerated examination under the PPH pilot program.

(According to notification of NOIP)

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