Active users of the PCT-PPH system

According to the 2013 edition of WIPO’s PCT Yearly Review, applicants using Nordic Patent Institute as their International Search and/or Examination Authority (ISA/IPEA) are the most active when it comes to using the PCT-PPH option, providing them with a speedy prosecution of their patent applications.

The PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) is a set of initiatives for providing accelerated patent prosecution procedures by sharing information between patent offices. It permits each participating office to benefit from the work previously done by the other patent office, with the goal of reducing examination workload and improving patent quality.

The PCT-PPH enables applicants to request a fast track examination of their PCT applications in the national or regional phase after having received a positive written opinion in the International phase.

The PCT Yearly Review presents figures showing the relationship between the number of PCT reports drawn up in 2011and the number of PCT-PPH requests filed in the same period. More than 18% of all Nordic Patent Institute reports were used as basis for PCT-PPH requests, making Nordic Patent Institute applicants by far the most active users of the PCT-PPH system in relation to the number of PCT filings.

"These numbers not only show that Nordic applicants are seeing the benefit of using the PPH system but also that they are confident that the quality of Nordic Patent Institute's PCT work is on par with the work of the bigger offices" says Grétar Ingi Grétarsson, Vice-Director of Nordic Patent Institute. He continues "We are already in negotiations to expand our network of PCT-PPH agreements. This result encourages us to continue with this work, and to continue promoting the PPH in the Nordic region."

The Institute currently has bilateral PCT-PPH agreements with two authorities, the United States Patent and Trademark office and the Japan Patent Office.