Patent Prosecution Highway with Canada is opened
31 January 2012
A new, two-year pilot scheme will provide a boost for growth by helping businesses speed up the process of patent applications in the UK and Canada. The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) allows applicants who have been successful in obtaining a patent from either the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) or the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to request accelerated examination of a corresponding patent application filed in the other country.
Intellectual property minister, Baroness Wilcox says this builds on similar schemes that the UK IPO already has with Japan, South Korea, and the United States, which are already delivering benefits for applicants. "Applicants and businesses in both the UK and Canada will have quicker and cheaper international patent protection," she assures. "Speeding up the patent process is an important contribution to boosting economic growth, by helping companies and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business.”
The PPH agreement with CIPO will also trial the new ‘MOTTAINAI’* model under which requests will be dealt with regardless of the order in which the various applications were filed or the original priority claimed by the co-pending applications.
The UK-Canada PPH pilot commenced on January 31 2012 and will run for an initial period of two years, ending on January 30 2014.
*“MOTTAINAI” is a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilised”.