New Patent Prosecution Highway agreement between the DKPTO and China’s SIPO
Since the beginning of 2013 a new PPH agreement enables Danish patent applicants to obtain a patent in China in a faster and more cost-effective way.
On 1 January 2013 a PPH agreement on a pilot project basis came into effect between the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office, enabling patent applicants who have obtained a decision to grant from the DKPTO to request accelerated proceedings at the SIPO.
The number of PPH agreements in which the DKPTO takes part now totals 7, the other PPH agreements being with the patent offices of Canada, USA, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Israel.
Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that the final months of 2012 also saw the Czech and Colombian patent offices entering the PPH network, both signing agreements with the USPTO.
As always, we shall endeavour to keep our readers updated on further developments.
Troels Peter Rørdam, European Patent Attorney & Certified Danish Patent Agent