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Patent Prosecution HighwayOn July 6, 2015 the Estonian Patent Office (EPA) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program. The GPPH pilot allows patent applicants to request accelerated examination at any of the offices involved in the pilot if their claims have been found to be acceptable by any of the other offices involved in the pilot. This program enables the applicants to receive patents faster and in a more rational way and for Office of the Later Examination (OLE) to make use of the work already carried out by the Office of the Earlier Examination (OEE) reducing the workload and optimizing use of resources.

The offices involved in the GPPH pilot are:

  • IP Australia (IP Australia)
  • Austrian Patent Office (APO)
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
  • Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO)
  • Estonian Patent Office (EPA)
  • Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
  • German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA)
  • Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO)
  • Icelandic Patent Office (IPO)
  • Israel Patent Office (ILPO)
  • Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
  • Nordic Patent Institute (NPI)
  • Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)
  • Polish Patent Office (PPO)
  • Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)
  • Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT)
  • Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
  • New Zealand Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ)
  • Colombian Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC)
  • Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO)
  • Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV)
  • United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

PPH is free of charge at the EPA.

Last modified 05.07.2017