Since six years, patent applicants have been able to request accelerated examination of their applications at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Due to the great success, the DPMA and the USPTO have extended the pilot programme's duration by two years until 26 February 2017. Otherwise, it would have run out at the end of April 2015.
The PPH allows the applicant to file a request for accelerated examination as soon as at least one patent claim has been found to be patentable by the partner office. The DPMA will then carry out an independent search on the basis of the partner office's work results. The applicant benefits from the sharing of work results between the offices. This can even further expand prior art search.
The PPH pilot programme with the USPTO is, of the DPMA's nine bilateral PPH pilot programmes, the most successful one following the one with the Japan Patent Office.
More information on the PPH programme with the USPTO and other partner offices is available here.
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