Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) allows the sharing of work products by the participating offices. This enhances efficiency of the patent examination process – thereby increasing user-friendliness – and improves examination quality.
In order to request accelerated examination under the PPH, it is required that a corresponding application has been filed with a PPH partner office and that the PPH partner office has found at least one patent claim patentable. In such a case, the offices exchange their work products and search results for mutual use without being bound by prior work products.
Participation in the PPH is free of charge at the DPMA.
The DPMA and its partner offices
The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) is a multilateral pilot programme in which all national and regional patent offices can take part. Besides the DPMA, 25 other patent offices are involved in the GPPH.
Since the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) is not part of the GPPH network, the DPMA has a bilateral PPH pilot with CNIPA.
Applicants can thus file a PPH request with the
- China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)
as well as with the following offices within the GPPH framework:
- Austrian Patent Office (AT)
- Australian Patent Office (AU)
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CA)
- Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Colombia, CO)
- German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DE)
- Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DK)
- Estonian Patent Office (EE)
- Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (ES)
- Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH, FI)
- Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom, GB)
- Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HU)
- Israel Patent Office (IL)
- Icelandic Patent Office (IS)
- Japan Patent Office (JP)
- Korean Intellectual Property Office (KR)
- Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NO)
- Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ, NO)
- National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru, PE)
- Patent Office of the Republic of Poland (PL)
- National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal, PT)
- Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation, RU)
- Swedish Patent and Registration Office (SE)
- Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (SG)
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO, US)
- Nordic Patent Institute (XN)
- Visegrad Patent Institute (XV)
Benefits of the GPPH
- Request for participation in the GPPH programme (in German)
- Framework Provisions for the GPPH System (in German)
- Annex B: GPPH Pilot Criteria
- Annex C: Framework Provisions for the GPPH System (in German)
- information leaflet concerning participation in the GPPH ( request procedures for the participation in the GPPH pilot)
The PPH requests can be made under the same requirements for all patent authorities involved in the GPPH. This makes use of the PPH easier and thus more attractive for the applicants.
Another significant new feature is the fact that positive PCT opinions (written ISA or IPEA opinion and international preliminary examination report) of an authority participating in the GPPH pilot can also be the basis for a PPH request. A PPH request at the DPMA can therefore now be based on a PCT work product of a partner authority.
Applicants at the DPMA do not have to wait for the decision to grant a patent. Rather, they can make a request for accelerated examination at any partner office involved in the GPPH on the basis of a search report in which the DPMA has found all claims to be allowable. They can thus faster receive the office action of the partner office.
The request form and other forms for participation in the Global PPH pilot as well as the detailed requirements are available under forms.
The work products of the patent authorities participating in the GPPH on which a PPH request can be based within the framework of the GPPH is listed in Annex F.
The request form and the guidelines for participation in the pilot with CNIPA as well as information from CNIPA are available here:
- Request form
- Information of the partner office
- Press releases/notices
If you have any questions, you are welcome to send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last updated: 19/07/19