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German Patent and Trade Mark Office joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)

On July 06, 2015 the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO/DPMA) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH).  This further extends the possibilities on an international level for accelerated examination of patent applications. The patent offices involved in the GPPH can make use of the search and examination results of the respective partner Offices.

Advantage for innovative companies

The GPPH was launched on January 06, 2014.  Participants in the project are entitled to make a PPH application at any partner office and under the same conditions.  The time it takes until a patent is granted is thus significantly reduced.  Furthermore, the examination procedures through the GPPH are comparatively cost-efficient.

Offices participating in the Global PPH are Australian Patent Office, Austrian Patent Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, German Patent and Trade Mark Office, Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Estonian Patent Office, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom), Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Israel Patent Office, Icelandic Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Norwegian Industrial Property Office, National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal), Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation), Swedish Patent and Registration Office, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Nordic Patent Institute.

Article Published July 24, 2015